By Josie March 17th, 2023
Both of these species are two ferocious felines but with contrasting traits and habitas.
Among all living cats, the Siberian tiger is one of the absolute largest, boasting males weighing up to 650 pounds and females weighing around 500 pounds.
Males average between 420 – 550 pounds and females typically weigh between 250 – 375 pounds.
Their orange-brown coat is natural camouflage to blend into their surroundings.
They also have white fur on their chest and belly area.
Unlike most big cats, lions don’t have spots or stripes; they have a smooth golden brown coat.
The color, thickness and length of the males' mane depends on their age and health.
The Siberian tiger is a solitary animal that prefers to hunt alone.
They are territorial creatures and fiercely defend their turf and use scent markings to let other animals know their presence.
The African lion lives in a structured community known as a pride.
Lions are social creatures and communicate with each other through body language such as head rubbing and group roars.
They reside in the eastern part of Russian Siberia, as well as parts of northern China and northeastern Mongolia.
Lions are mostly present in southern Africa but can also be found throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
They prefer grasslands, savannas, scrublands, and woodlands.
The Siberian tiger hunt hoofed animals such as deer, wild boar, elk, and wild goats, but will also eat small mammals like hares and birds.
They feed on large animals such as antelopes, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, wildebeest, or hippos.
If needed, they will also feed on smaller mammals like hyenas or baboons.
The Siberian Tiger is endangered, with a population estimated at under 500 in the wild.
Lions are deemed a vulnerable species as their population ranges between 20,000 to 30,000.