Body Mass of Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris

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By Matthew D. Johnston (Manitoba, 2013)

Captive body mass of Western born Bengal tigers (Panthera tigris tigris ) >4 years old, sample only pure bred tigers (1941-2013)

Table 1.

Male Bengal Tigers
Tiger NO. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Name Tony Roy N/A Blizzard Rajpur N/A Mike IV N/A Sultan Apollo N/A Taj Mohan Rama N/A Kato Average Weight (kg) Age (yrs) 268 11 264.5 11 254 Adult 253 15 227 5 218 Adult 218 Adult 209 Adult 205 12 204 14 204 6 190 12 190 15 180 12 173 4 155 9 213.3 Colour Regular Regular N/A White Regular N/A Regular Regular Regular Regular N/A White White Tabby N/A Regular Description Location Bulky Peace river rescue and ranch Bulky Peace river rescue and ranch N/A T.I.G.E.R.S. - Preservation station Bulky Peace river rescue and ranch N/A Bronx Zoo N/A T.I.G.E.R.S. - Preservation station Average Louisiana State University N/A Jungle bred captive Muscular Tiger Island Dreamworld Average Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary Average Cougar Mountain Zoo Muscular Tiger Island Dreamworld Muscular Tiger Island Dreamworld Muscular Tiger Island Dreamworld Average Cougar Mountain Zoo Small Tiger Island Dreamworld References Stoner Pers. Comm., 2013 Stoner Pers. Comm., 2013 Heiden Pers. Comm., 2013 Stoner Pers. Comm., 2013 Bronx Zoo, 1949 Heiden Pers. Comm., 2013 Baker & Stewart., 2006 Crile, 1941 Scott Pers. Comm., 2013 Clark Pers. Comm., 2013 Barfoot Pers. Comm., 2013 Scott Pers. Comm., 2013 Pierce, 2010 Scott Pers. Comm., 2013 Barfoot Pers. Comm., 2013 Scott Pers. Comm., 2013

Table 2.

Female Bengal Tigers
Tiger NO. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Name N/A N/A Sita N/A My-Lee Sareeka Average Weight (kg) Age (yrs) 181 N/A 168 N/A 150 12 120 N/A 113.5 N/A 113.5 N/A 141 Colour N/A N/A Tabby White White Regular Description Location N/A T.I.G.E.R.S. - Preservation station N/A T.I.G.E.R.S. - Preservation station Average Tiger Island Dreamworld N/A Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo Average Nashville Zoo Average Nashville Zoo References Heiden Pers. Comm., 2013 Heiden Pers. Comm., 2013 Scott Pers. Comm., 2013 Holst Pers. Comm., 2013 Rice Pers. Comm., 2013 Rice Pers. Comm., 2013

The tables above present the body masses of captive born bengal tigers in North American and Australian Zoo's, Sanctuaries, or other facilities. Facilities contacted via personnel communication where asked the body mass of their cats and if they were pure bred tigers. Further confirmation on the purity of each big cat was also based on picture evidence of stripe pattern. Bengal tigers in Western zoo's were significantly heavier than bengal tigers born in Asian zoo's, averaging 213 kg for males and 141 kg for females in Western zoo's, and averaged 183.3 kg in Indian zoo's (Sontakke et al, 2009).

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