Lion vs Tiger


Lions and tigers are among the most ferocious animals but there are important differences between them. They are both among the four big cats (the other two being jaguar and leopard) and are apex predators, i.e. they have no predators of their own and reside at the top of their food chain.

Lions typically inhabit savanna and grassland, although they may take to bush and forest. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats. The male lion is highly distinctive and is easily recognized by its mane. The lion, particularly the face of the male, is one of the most widely recognized animal symbols in human culture. It has been extensively depicted in literature, in sculptures, in paintings, on national flags, and in films.

Native to the mainland of Asia, the tiger is the largest feline species in the world. The Bengal Tiger is the most common subspecies of tiger, constituting approximately 80% of the entire tiger population, and is found in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Nepal. It is the national animal of India. An endangered species, the majority of the world's tigers now live in captivity.

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Class Mammalia Mammalia
Order Carnivora Carnivora
Family Felidae (cat) Felidae (cat)
Genus Panthera Panthera
Species P.leo P. tigris
Weight 375-496 lbs (males) 280-396 pounds (females) 579 pounds (average male) 308 pounds (average female)
Coloring coat: tan tail fur/mane:dark brown orange with brown-black stripes
Speed 59 Miles Per Hour 37 miles per hour
Litter size Avg. 1 - 2 Avg. 2 - 4
Binomial name Panthera Leo Panthera Tigris
Conservation status Near Threatened Endangered
Diet carnivore carnivore
Scientific name Panthera leo Panthera tigris
Distinctive feature A mane ranging in color from tan to black Stripes all over the body
Habitat range Africa and india Southeast and Eastern Asia
Hunting behavior Nocturnal Nocturnal - Ambushes prey
Number in wild unkown 3,000 to 4,000
Teeth and Jaws 3 in. canines and heavy pressure jaws Wide mouth that has strong teeth 4 in. canines
Hunting Most females hunt together night to make it harder on the prey to see them, but they will sometimes hunt in the daytime. They have three important hunting strategies; that vary based on the prey. The ambush, the blitz, and the siege. hunts alone during night (nocturnal)
Avg. Meat required for food 11 - 60 lbs also 57 for large males The number of lions in the pride may vary. Tigers may consume up to 40 kg (88 pounds) of meat at one time. It is estimated that every tiger consumes about 50 deer-sized animals each year, about one per week.
Main Prey Medium to large ungulates, most notably thompson's gazelle, zebra, wildebeest, impala, warthog, hartebeest, waterbuck, cape buffalo, hippo, rhino, giraffe, and elephants. Large animals such as deer, buffalo and wild pigs, but they will also hunt fish, monkeys, birds, reptiles and sometimes even baby elephants. Occasionally, tigers kill leopards, bears and other tigers.They also hunt Gaur and Indian Rhinos.
Other food sources Opportunistic and will readily scavenge the kills of cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas. Will strictly eat only meat hunted by self. When old, will depend on either smaller preys requiring less effort or on other tigers of the pack.
Brain size Has the largest brain out of all the big cats except the tiger. Largest brain and reaches maturity faster than other big cats. Their brain is 25% larger than a lion .
Habitat Rich grasslands of East Africa to sands of Kalahari Desert, South Sahara to South Africa, excluding the Congo rain forest and India's Gir forest. Lions like to live in open woodlands and thick bush, scrub, and tall grassy areas. India to Siberia and South East Asia. They are also found in grassland and swamp margins. They require sufficient cover, a good population of large prey and a constant water supply.
Population Status Asiatic - endangered, Others - vulnerable Critically Endangered
Life Span Avg. 12 years in the wild for males and 15-16 years in the wild for females. Avg. 15 - 20 Years
Sexual Maturity of Cubs 24 - 28 Months in Captivity; 36 - 46 Months in Wild 24 - 28 Months in Captivity; 36 - 46 Months in Wild
Body Length (mm) 2200 - 3000 (2.2 - 3 meters) 2000 - 3300 (2 - 3.3 meters)
Tail (mm) 700 - 1000 600 - 1100
Reproduction Females will give birth after a gestation period of 100-110 days Females will give birth after a gestation of 104 days
Mother nurses cubs for 10 - 12 Months 18 - 24 Months
how blends into habitat tan coloring to match dry grasses stripes to resemble shadows of the forest and black ears with white spot on back like eyes.

Contents: Lion vs Tiger

edit Differences in Physical characteristics

edit Physical characteristics of lions

Reaching up to 250 kg (550 lb), lions are the second-largest in the cat family (the tiger is the largest).

A lion in a zoo.
A lion in a zoo.

During confrontations with others, the mane makes the lion look bigger than he really is. With powerful legs, a strong jaw, and long canine teeth, the lion can bring down and kill large prey. Lion coloration varies from light buff to yellowish, reddish or dark ochraceous brown. The underparts are generally lighter and the tail tuft is black. The color of the mane varies from blond to black. The lion is a carnivore and a hunter. Its legs are short with very powerful muscles. Male lions are 20 to 35% larger than the females and 50% heavier. Each lion has, what are called, "whisker spots". The pattern formed by this top row of whiskers differs in every lion and remains the same throughout its lifetime.

edit Tigers' physical features

The majority of tigers are tawny brown in color with dark stripes and whitish. Tigers have rusty-reddish to brown-rusty coats, a fair (whitish) medial and ventral area and stripes that vary from brown or hay to pure black. The form and density of stripes differs between subspecies, but most tigers have in excess of 100 stripes. The pattern of stripes is unique to each animal, and thus could potentially be used to identify individuals, much in the same way as fingerprints are used to identify people. This is not, however, a preferred method of identification, due to the difficulty of recording the stripe pattern of a wild tiger. It seems likely that the function of stripes is camouflage, serving to hide these animals from their prey. The stripe pattern is found on a tiger's skin and if shaved, its distinctive camouflage pattern would be preserved.

A tiger in the same zoo, giving its signature "not impressed" expression.
A tiger in the same zoo, giving its signature "not impressed" expression.

Tigers have round pupils and yellow irises. Tigers are the heaviest cats found in the wild, but the subspecies differ strongly in size. Large male Siberian Tigers can reach a total length of 3 m and a weight of 272-273 kg kg. Apart from those exceptional large individuals, male Siberian tigers usually have a head and body length of 200–280 cm and an average weight of 227 kg. The heaviest Indian Tiger (P. t. tigris) mentioned in literature weighed 389 kg (857 lb), the heaviest Siberian tiger (P. t. altaica) 384 kg. Females are smaller, those of the Siberian or Indian subspecies weigh between 110 and 181 kg.

edit Diet

Lion: Adult females require an average of 11 pounds of meat per day and adult males, 15.4 lbs. The pride provides food to its sick and wounded members but not to the male. The male uses his size to take what he wants of the lioness' kill. A typical diet will include zebra, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, gazelles and impala. Lions are opportunistic and will readily scavenge the kills of cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs and hyenas.

Tiger: Their main prey species are large animals such as deer, buffalo and wild pigs, but they will also hunt fish, monkeys, birds, reptiles and sometimes even baby elephants. Occasionally, tigers kill leopards, bears and other tigers.

edit Habitat and Geographical Distribution

Lion: Rich grasslands of East Africa to sands of Kalahari Desert, South Sahara to South Africa, excluding the Congo rain forest. They avoid dense forests because prey is scarce. Competition for Africa's grasslands by humans has drastically reduced the lions' range. Although lions were once widespread throughout much of Africa, Asia, Europe, and even prehistoric North and South America, they currently exist in the wild only in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in northwest India. The lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of 30 to 50% over the past two decades in its African range. Although the cause of the decline is not well-understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern.

Tiger: Tigers range from India to Siberia and South East Asia. Tigers prefer habitat is forest although they can also be found in grassland and swamp margins. They require sufficient cover, a good population of large prey and a constant water supply.

edit Tiger vs Lion Life span

Lion: In the wild, lions live for approximately 12–18 years, while in captivity they can live over 24 years.

Tiger: The life span of tigers in the wild is thought to be about 10 - 12 years. Tigers in zoos live up to 25 years or more, but not by much.

edit Reproduction in lions and tigers

Lion: After a gestation period of 100-110 days, the pregnant female leaves the pride and finds a place to deliver. Depending on the physical characteristics of their habitat, lions will hide their newborn cubs in marshes or kopjes. The number of cubs born depends on the age and dietary condition of the mother. The litter size is 1 to 6 offspring. Cubs are nursed 6-7 months. Cubs reach sexual maturity at 24 to 28 months in captivity and at 36 to 46 months in the wild. If a pride is taken over by a new male who has defeated the top resident male, he will most likely kill any existing cubs that are under 2 years old.

Tiger: Females will give birth to 2-4 cubs after a gestation of 104 days. They will stay with their mother for up to two years before leaving to stake out their own territories. Males look for territories away from their birth site, but females may sometimes share their mother’s territories. As with lions, male tigers may kill a female's cubs if the cubs are the offspring of another male. This ensures that the female will come into oestrus and bear the new male's offspring. They are active at dawn and dusk.

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April 3, 2013, 4:57am

Give credit where its due, the tiger is pretty amazing and has an advantage of reach but thats all it has to offer, the lion on the other hand is very dangerous as its surrounded by dangers the tiger can only but dream off, encounters with buffalo, african elephants (bigger and wild than their indian cousins) hyenas, wild dogs, crocodiles, hippos, rhinos and the lost goes on, a typical season in the african jungle would be hard for a tiger to survive unless it has packs, for the savanna is not for lone rangers but for ruthless packs of brutal carnivores, thats why the lion remains undisputed King

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April 20, 2014, 10:09am

tiger is the biggest cat

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March 11, 2014, 10:50pm

Na Lion all the way, don't care what anyone says,Lion is king of the jungle for a reason

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August 11, 2013, 12:46pm

Yo all the dumb asses who think lions are better fighters or are stronger than tigers.Tigers have on average have a 25% larger brain .Tigers have tremendous jaw strength and limb strength . Tigers can jump upto 12feet just for the heck of it with their much heavier (highly mind you ,highly muscular bodies with close to no body fat) bodies. Much greater fighters , atleast 2 to 3 lions are needed to take down even one deer as compared to one tiger taking on a huge water buffalo .

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July 20, 2013, 1:55am

it,doesn't matter which are stronger lions or tigers. And to compare who would win in a fight reading stories about their fights in captivity is very primitive and wouldn't show the reality.Why? Tigers are loners -that means they definitely would be more aggressive to any animal, and would attack first without even thinking , and lions are used to live in groups -so they not so aggressive to others,they probably would consider situation before attacking ,and they probably has less desire to destroy anyone near them -that may be the main reason lions were being injured or killed more often than tigers in their fights in captivity.
While if by any chance in a wild tiger would meet lion ,if consider lions are usualy found in groups -tiger would attack first and tiger would be attacked by all group members of lions,tiger would die.
so to say lions are stronger (they have similar to tigers body composition,plus they have pride who watches their back) and lions are smarter (lions have better social skills,ability to create and form a pride,to make group hunting strategies) , lions has gown -which is great neck defence.

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July 14, 2013, 2:22pm

A Tiger can jump an 8 foot wall with a domestic cow in his mouth. enough said

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June 16, 2013, 12:24am

BOTH are stunning, amazing animals - both of which could hand ANY of us mere little humans our *sses. Lions, however, in my opinion - and it is ONLY an opinion and nothing more - are the more lovely of the two. Tigers just look like a common short haired tabby house cat to me. Hats off to BOTH amazing predators. Both truly my favorite two animals ever.

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May 22, 2013, 1:42am

Don't just be fanatics, both animals are awesome. Individually, tigers are more capable, not because they need to stand out against lions or other animals but for survival.

A female lion can but rarely do what a male lion can, hunting alone a dangerous prey.

A female tiger does equally what the male can do and even fiercer when it has cubs to protect.

And yes, lions win against many breeds of tigers since most tigers are smaller than lions. But it's different with Bengal and Siberian tigers, these animals can confront (not just ambush) animals like the Gaur(mightier than African buffalo) and the grizzly bear.

Well my bet for these two is none, they can't even tackle a porcupine. Lmao

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May 1, 2013, 1:10am

In roman times there would be fights between tigers and lions in coliseums. The tiger was favored by odds makers and typically won the fight.

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March 8, 2013, 6:45am

Because of physical build, and the identity of each of them and the nature of the life of the two ...That there is ((only one fighter and one king only)) >> Of course it is a lion. the lion has protected mane and a (brave heart cause of his life) and a strike force,
The surprise is that our God set an example by lion not tiger .
And, of course God's the Creator , honest.

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October 26, 2011, 3:12pm

Well the reason while a tiger won't attack a lion is obvious, Both of these animals have strategies they use in their environment, even when there are small prey a tiger will wait and wait until the perfect moment to attack. The reason a tiger has stripes is actually to camouflage in yellow grass. I believe in my opinion when it comes to cleverness a tiger would win. But strength I do not know.

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July 4, 2010, 4:46pm

Those who don't believe Tiger's ability: Check this real video on Youtube:

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July 3, 2010, 10:44am

Lion has a huge Male to female mass ratio, when compared to Tiger.

I mean,
Lion (Male) when compared to Lioness (Female-Lion) is pretty heavier.
Tiger (Male) when compared to Tigress (Female-Lion) is pretty not much of a difference in mass.

Hence, Male Lion + Female Tiger (Tigress) combination breed (Liger) is bigger when compared to Male Tiger + Female Lion (Lioness) is smaller breed (Tion). Both are IMPOTENT breeds, cannot reproduce further.

Something I don't like & also wonder about Tiger is: Tigers like Porcupines' meat & tries to hunt them & gets injured, they turn Man-eaters or starts attacking domestic animals like Cows, Buffaloes, sometimes stray Dogs..

I agree with you that Physically Tiger is Stronger, yet I believe the Win depends on the BATTLE GROUND!

I also, agree no one can beat TIGER in Water: Lakes, Streams, Rivers... & Steep Hills...

The Strongest Land animal is BROWN BEAR!

— 115.✗.✗.78

July 3, 2010, 10:24am

There is a false notion amongst the average people & some misrepresented facts floating across in form of fake videos, or videos taken with non-contemporary lion & tiger.

I work as a forest-officer, I have seen both Lions & Tigers, very closely.

-Tigers shy away from fights, but once they get angry they are serious threats to Lions.
-Tigers don't eat a prey killed by others & Lions mostly survive on others food.
-Tigers fear fighting with any animal standing tall, like Bear. Lions are always ready to fight & usually scared of taller animals too.
-Lions kills each other for pride & live in a group, Tigers instinct for kill is mainly for hunger.
-Lions can't climb bigger trees, but Tigers are comparatively good. Not better than Leopards.
-Lions are not good swimmers; Oh my god this is the KILL difference, TIGERS are outstanding swimmers, dare even a crocodile can challenge Tiger in Water. Of course, not group of crocodiles.

Which animal is Stronger, depends on NATURE of bat

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December 20, 2009, 10:05am

Therefore , after all mentioned below , it is obvious that the lions are really the kings of jungles,forest ,grasslands and beasts.....Only Brown bears may challenge them.

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December 20, 2009, 10:01am

More facts.Lions can live without water for 5 days,tigers for 3 days only.Lions cannies are more thicker,tigers cannies are more longer( Thickness is much important in fighting and killing).Lions never escape in fights,tigers do escape afraid from injury.Lions can fight for longer time ,but tigers prefer short time fight.Lions stamina are more,Korean 6 (Lion vs Tiger) videos , Lion Won in 5 of it.Largest lioness Found was 400 lb,the largest tigress found was 368 lb.Bears never exist in Africa because lions are there,but bears exist in asia where tigers live.Lions have mane,tigers not( mane is strong defending weapon in fights).Largest wild lion found was 702 lb 11 feet length, largest wild tiger found was 10 feet 7 inch.historicaly tigers always afraid from male lion mane.Lions attack is more stronger,tiger attack is more faster,Lions are more aggresive,stamina .lions death rates over the pride can reach 67%,tigers die most in there respective ranges is about 25%.lions sleep more.

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December 20, 2009, 9:35am

More facts :
Lions do sex 100 times daily for continous 4 days
Tigers 83 times for cont. 3 days
lions muscles content reach 70%
Tigers muscle content reach 60%
Lions never drink from a can of water which dogs drink from it first
Tigers drink
Largest lions found was 1000 lb,largest tiger found 932 lb
Lions average weight 188 kg,Tigers avg. wt. 183 kg
Male lions don't eat wwith females,Male tigers do eat.
Lions live socialy,Tigers not.
Lions fight more than one enemy,Tigers never.
Male lions can mate female tigers easly.Male tigers difficulty mate female lions
Lions red blood cells are higher than tigers
Testosetrone( a hermon responsible of violance) in lions bodies are higher than in tigers bodies.
Lions bite (2152-3000) Newton...Tigers bite( 1000-1859) Newton
Lions fight against 2 or 3 or 4 enemies at the same time (4-5 times per year),Tigers fight against one enemy only ( 2-3 times per year)
Male Lions + Female tiger = larger hyber...Male tiger+ female lion= smaller

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December 20, 2009, 9:16am

there are lots of real videos (approved by experts)show lions dominate tigers but there is not even a single real video show the opposite.another fact you know that it happened in some zoo's,they put a lion and a seberian tiger in a same place ,then they throw meats enough for both,it is a fact that the tiger didnot even try to approach the meal till the lion starts eating firstly and finish,then the tiger came and start eating.the lion was african,and the tiger was seberian,they don't know each other but by instinct,the tiger knew that the boss is here!!,even in india ( land of tigers) recently start to change their culture and admitt that lions are the king of beasts not tigers.(famous name in asia is SINGH) this name means LION not TIGER.

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December 20, 2009, 9:05am

some informations mentioned are biased and totally wrong....lion meal is larger than tiger meal ( at least 5 kgs more) . lion is a fighter from day one in his life,while tiger start learn fighting in the age of 6 months.lions have thicker teeths and skin , most of the lions in world are larger than most of tigers. rarely some tigers are heavier because they live in cold environments so they have more fat in bodies to keep them warm,but lions have more muscles less fat because they live in hoter areas.lions roar reach 8km distance while tiger louds(scientifically not called roar) reach 3 km only.lions are more savage and violence from date of birth while tigers are more calm and think more before entering fights.if lion vs tiger,the result is the lion is the winner.
please don't believe asian v clips and debates,it is all biased..just listen to scientists and experts.

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March 30, 2013, 6:11am

There is a lot of lies and false fact from people who are obviously just want to make the tiger looks stronger than lion which is false and true at the same time.
Lions were historically always the number 1 beast and the highest hunt's trophy, in fact Barbary lions (extinct) is much stronger than african lion and and Some Roman archives stated that Lion was the most feared animal in the arena and people always wanted to see the lion instead of tiger.

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November 6, 2012, 1:21pm

Tiger is stronger, bigger, has bigger teeth, is more agile, weighs more, is the largest of all cats, and in most cases will beat a male tiger. Plenty of videos on youtube showing the lion running away or getting beat. Look it up.

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November 1, 2012, 12:30pm

Lion is much stronger than a tiger. Mass of Bengal and Siberian tigers less than the lion. Tiger is slightly longer, but it has less mass. Tiger seems huge because of its fluffiness only. Lion king of beasts.

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October 5, 2012, 1:30am

Correction:Speed of tiger is 50mph
Source:In The Shadow Of The Siberian Tiger

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September 25, 2012, 8:47pm

This article is almost right except that tigers are runners-up following cheetah.

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August 26, 2012, 7:03am

Tigers are more agile because of their relative strength in their muscles from legs to mouths. It is the muscles strength compared with their body weights. So overall tigers are the strongest cats pound for pound. That is why even if a tiger is smaller than a lion, it is still much more agile than the lion. Only jaguars surpass tigers in relative bite force - bite force quotient. In a 1 vs. 1 fair fight, as long as the tiger is an adult and relatively healthy, it can not defeated by any lions you can come up with. If a tiger is comparable with a lion in size, the only one that would be killed is a lion. So, the weight of a tiger is less important. That is why you've seen many video on the internet, and many people found lions simple get mauled, every single time. It is easy for an agile tiger to hold of an attack by multiple lions/lionesses, but not vice versa.

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July 18, 2012, 4:54pm

They both are kings in their jungles they never meet each other in the wild

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May 15, 2012, 4:53am

The saying king of the jungle is because of the lions mane, and fact that he rules the pride. Which is a dumb statement, since lions don't even live in the jungle beside the Gir National Park. Tigers fight as much as lions do, you just don't see it as often because most take place in real thick jungles, and is not as well documented as lions. Not to mention Tigers kill humans much more then Lions. So they are a lot more dangerous to US human beings a lot more then Lions. Also please read Wikipedia on tiger vs lion. All experts (not normal people) like yourself who watch nat geo for your studies on wild animals and that retarded show that got cancelled animal face off, knows for a FACT that Tigers will almost always win 1 on 1. They are just more aggressive, more smarter, bigger, stronger, faster, agile, and can kill a water buffalo with one paw swap with a longer claw then lion. Tigers are known to box with BOTH of their Paws that has longer claws and longer fang with larger head, which means stronger bite force, while Lions use one paw with a shorter claw at a time, and attempts to bite with a shorter fang with a less bite force? I would rather fight a Lion over a tiger Anyday! At least I can climb up a tree, and there's a GOOD chance Lion won't follow since they can't climb well. Or I can always run into the lake, and dive below if the Lion chases me into the water. Oh yea, Tigers hunts FISH, they can dive and swim well while the Lions hate water. Tigers are just far more superior creatures.

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May 15, 2012, 4:37am

There is no way lion will win fighting a tiger. Tigers are bigger, faster, more agile, and they fight to the death for teritory much more then Lions. Not to mention the 16% larger brain. Tigers are much smarter then Lions, bigger, faster, can climb trees AND swim very well. Tiger can just climb a tree everytime he's about to lose (IF that would ever even happen in the first place) and attack from behind. Tigers are also a lot more stealthier. It's similar to Leopards but with a bigger body, fangs, claws, and can use both paws instead of one, not to mention the tiger claws are 4 inch long while lion claws are 2-3... You mean to tell me a 6 foot tall men who who weighs 200 lbs and is less smarter, slower, and less agile, and can't swim well or climb trees can beat another men who is 6'3 inch weighs 240 lbs, who is faster, smarter, more agile, can swim well, climb trees well with a Larger n stronger fight (longer claws) AND they are fighting in a Jungle or forest where there are tons of trees and lakes. And you think he slower, weaker, smaller, lower reach (tigers are a bit longer), dumber, AND he has to fight with one arm at a time... While the bigger, faster, smarter, more agile guy can fight you with TWO hands??? ARE YOU RETARDED?

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May 8, 2012, 7:13pm

both the lions and tigers are wonderful creations of nature..
Lion is named as the king of jungle because he is strongest animal who takes care of his family, which includes number male and female lions and have a hierarchy. They also controls their pride and have a social structure..
Tigers are loners, they are like war cannot spot them easily but he may be following you in the jungle for hours.he is very stealthy.he is bigger because he has to survive can really call him a big cat, from my experience cats have their on life and their on rules.especially tomcats. they used to roam and survive on their self.
but lions can survive much longer in their pack,they will get time to heal their wounds and will get their food ..they show much more affection and love.
tigers are more aggressive and i think less affectionate..but they are much more beautiful and neat.
lions used to byte on the throat of their pray, they have plans and strategy for hunting.
tigers used to byte on the neck from back.they use stealth and surprise for hunting.
both are different characters,please stop comparing them, just enjoy the beauty and strength of these magnificent animals,and help for the protection of them in their natural that our coming generations can see them on their original habitat.

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March 20, 2012, 4:14am

Lions are at a large disadvantage against a tiger. Tigers are physically much larger, stronger and frankly, more capable. As for the fighting part, consider this. Lions hunt in packs, while tigers are solitary creatures, so they have to hunt and provide for themselves. So one on one, a lion instinctively doesn't stand a chance. Where a lion in a pack has a specific role to either hold, capture or kill the prey, the tiger has to do all of it. Plus, when a pack of lions are feeding, there is no threats. When a tiger eats, it eats alone, so it has to drag its prey into a tree. I don't see a 400lb lion dragging a 350lb deer into a tree, but a 500-600lb tiger can easily.

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February 27, 2012, 3:05am

That jackass below doesn't know what he's talking about. On the show Animal Face Off they said if a Lion and a Tiger would ever get into a fight a Lion would win. If you don't believe me just see what evidence you find on the majority of the web.

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February 5, 2012, 8:21am

That jackass below doesn't know what he's talking about. Big cat trainers all over the world say its the other way around, lions are known to charge blindly while tiger hold their heads back and fight with both paws coming at the lion with combos. It was common knowledge back in the gladiator days that a lion was not a worthy opponent for a tiger. 3 tigers were often sent to fight 4 lions in the pits. If you don't believe me just see what evidence you can find on the majority of the web.

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January 30, 2012, 9:48pm

Although tigers are larger, it has been shown that lions are much better fighters. Its like putting a boxer in the ring with a football player. The football player is bigger but the boxer will knock his block off.

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January 23, 2012, 3:53am

Tigers will definitely win a fight with the lion. They're larger, longer, more agile and stronger. Lions have more strength in their shoulders and forearms, whilst the tiger's strength exists in it's hind legs, which gives them an advantage to stand on two legs while hitting with both paws. Their skull structures are shorter but broader, giving them a stronger bite force.

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November 19, 2011, 1:00pm

Both of these animals are powerful and fierce carnivores. But scientists say that in a fight between a Bengal tiger and an African lion, there is a 90% chance that the tiger will win.

It is a well-known fact that tigers are the biggest cats in the world. Not only this, but tigers are noticeably more muscular, and better fighters. It is actually a myth that lions are better fighters than tigers, because tigers compete with each other for territory just as much as lions fight for a pride. Tigers also have experience fighting with many animals; Bengal tigers can easily kill large crocodiles and black bears, and Siberian tigers have been known to attack and kill huge adult brown bears. Tigers have been noticed as better fighters because they are more swift, agile, fierce, and have better eye-coordination. They have a stronger jaw force and paw-swipe. However, it is not true that tigers have longer fangs than lions. The skulls of these two cats have been compared, and usually their canines are about the same.

The term "King" comes from the fact that a lion's mane looks like a crown, and the fact that they rule a pride. A lion's mane can offer it protection from bites to the neck. This is especially helpful when facing hyenas, which have a very deadly bite. However, a tiger will not always go for the lion's neck, but instead will usually attack it's limbs, eyes, head, and face. And the difference between the two cats' lifestyles adds on to which is more intelligent: Living a solitary life results in the tiger being more cunning. The tiger also hunts larger prey than the lion. The largest prey that lions hunt is the African buffalo, a species of African cattle. Tigers, however, are excellent at hunting gaur, which is the largest type of cattle in the world. There are also differences in the way the two animals fight. Lions tend to stand on three legs, and use one paw to fight. Tigers normally balance on their hind legs and use both front paws to fight, giving them a huge advantage. Tigers also use "trickery", keep their heads back, and use well thought-out moves when fighting, while lions are known for blindly charging. Another important feature in how well the animals fight is the way their bodies are built. Lions are built more stiffly than tigers, and their bodies are more compact. Lions sometimes appear more muscular in the forelimbs, but tigers simply have more fur covering their muscles, so they are harder to see. Tigers also have more flexible muscles then lions.

The lion DOES have an advantage though: courage. Lions are braver, and less likely to back down from a fight. There have been reports of tigers submitting to lions when they meet in reserves, so they can avoid injury. But if the lion refuses to leave the tiger alone, than the tiger is probably going to end up victorious. Within the Bengal tiger scientists found a most disturbing ferocity. When it comes to the decision to fight, this cat attacks violently, most often winning in any fight against a lion.

In the end, the tiger's agility and accuracy comes out on top. 80% of experts agree that the tiger is the dominate cat. But not only National Geographic reporters say so. There are many polls on the internet where people can vote on who they think would win, and one can see that many more people bet on the tiger than the lion.

SOURCES: National Geographic, Discovery Channel, PBS nature.


Animal Planet tried to prove that the lion was a better fighter, but they eventually submitted to National Geographic, which is a bigger company. They admitted to National Geographic that they simply preferred lions over tigers.

The YouTube "fights" that appear to show a lion winning, are not what they appear. In one, a tigress has a male lion in a death grip before the animals are broken up by a high pressure hose. Another, the "Gir Forest" fight, was a complete sham. In it, a lion appears to kill a smallish tiger or tigress, but in the extended version of this video, the tiger gets up and yawns and strolls away. This fight was supposed to be in the wild, but could not have happened because the Gir forest is over 100 miles from tiger country. One can find about anything on that site, and there are many videos of tigers defeating lions. If both animals are of the same age, and weight, the tiger will win nearly every time. Tigers are superior fighters, the myth that tigers just hunt and lions fight just isn't so. A male lion may have to defend his turf maybe ten times over the course of a lifetime, but male tigers fight over turf and mates every year. With two or more males in a lion pride, their fight ratio goes down even more. When I was working with these cats, three times had we fights between them, and the tiger was winning in two, in the other, an adult male lion was chasing a two year old tiger around before we got them apart .

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December 18, 2012, 4:31am

OK, compare Siberian Tiger with Africa Lion, here is the fact:
Weight: nearly the same. Believe it or not, tiger doesn't has any body fat, same as the Lion.
Strength: nearly the same. Nearly 10kN (1 Ton) per hit.
Speed: similar. Both male tiger and lion cann't run very fast.
Fang length: tiger (9cm), lion (7cm)
Claw length: tiger (15cm), lion (12cm)
Skill: tiger is smarter than lion.
Endurance: same.
Balance: tiger can walk on the balance beam, lion cann't.
Jump height: tiger can jump up to 5m height. lion cann't even jump

— 203.✗.✗.82
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