Lion vs Tiger – a comparison | size, habitat, conservation, etc

This article compares Lion and Tiger, the two largest big cats. Let’s read.

Lion vs Tiger


  • Lions are found in Africa and Asia. Lions of Asia are known as Asiatic Lions. Asiatic Lions are found in the wild only in India.
  • Tigers are found only on the Asian continent in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and a few pockets in East Asia.

Lion vs Tiger – size comparison

The size of these big cats is different in different regions. In general, Tigers are larger than Lions. A Siberian Tiger would easily outweigh any Lion. A Southern African lion would easily outweigh a Sumatran or a Malayan Tiger.

Siberian Tiger adult male weight range180-300 kg
Indian Bengal Tiger adult male weight range200-260 kg
Sumatran Tiger adult male weight range100-140 kg
Northern Lion adult male weight range150-190 kg
Southern African Lion adult male weight range150-225 kg
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Which big cat has a louder roar, Lion or Tiger?

A Lion’s roar is louder than a Tiger’s roar. It can be heard from as far as 8 kilometers (5 miles). A Tiger’s roar can be heard from a distance of up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles).

A male lion
A male lion

Scientific name

  • Lion – Panthera leo
  • Tiger – Panthera tigris


Tigers generally live solitary lives. Lions live in groups called pride.

A pride of Lions


  • Lion – typically 10 to 15 years in the wild
  • Tiger – typically 10 to 15 years in the wild, in some areas is less than 10 years


Both these big cats are a threatened species because of poaching, habitat loss, and food shortage. Tiger is more endangered among the two.


Lions live in savannas. Tigers have a wide range of habitats from jungle to savanna to even mangrove.

A Siberian Tiger


  • In pride, hunting is done mostly by the lionesses.
  • Tigers hunt alone.

Swimming capability

Tigers are better swimmers than lions. They are known to swim over large distances in search of prey.

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