Captive Body Mass of Bengal tigers - 2013

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Weights of Bengal tigers in North American and Australian zoo's for pure bred cats. Results for individual tigers collected from literature or personnel communication show males average 214 kg and females 141 kg.

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  • Body Mass of Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris ) By Matthew D. Johnston

    (Manitoba, 2013)

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

    Table 1.Male Bengal Tigers

    Tiger NO. Name Weight (kg) Age (yrs) Colour Description Location References1 Tony 268 11 Regular Bulky Peace river rescue and ranch Stoner Pers. Comm., 20132 Roy 264.5 11 Regular Bulky Peace river rescue and ranch Stoner Pers. Comm., 20133 N/A 254 Adult N/A N/A T.I.G.E.R.S. - Preservation station Heiden Pers. Comm., 20134 Blizzard 253 15 White Bulky Peace river rescue and ranch Stoner Pers. Comm., 20135 Rajpur 227 5 Regular N/A Bronx Zoo Bronx Zoo, 19496 N/A 218 Adult N/A N/A T.I.G.E.R.S. - Preservation station Heiden Pers. Comm., 20137 Mike IV 218 Adult Regular Average Louisiana State University Baker & Stewart., 20068 N/A 209 Adult Regular N/A Jungle bred captive Crile, 19419 Sultan 205 12 Regular Muscular Tiger Island Dreamworld Scott Pers. Comm., 201310 Apollo 204 14 Regular Average Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary Clark Pers. Comm., 201311 N/A 204 6 N/A Average Cougar Mountain Zoo Barfoot Pers. Comm., 201312 Taj 190 12 White Muscular Tiger Island Dreamworld Scott Pers. Comm., 201313 Mohan 190 15 White Muscular Tiger Island Dreamworld Pierce, 201014 Rama 180 12 Tabby Muscular Tiger Island Dreamworld Scott Pers. Comm., 201315 N/A 173 4 N/A Average Cougar Mountain Zoo Barfoot Pers. Comm., 201316 Kato 155 9 Regular Small Tiger Island Dreamworld Scott Pers. Comm., 2013

    Average 213.3

    Table 2.Female Bengal Tigers

    Tiger NO. Name Weight (kg) Age (yrs) Colour Description Location References1 N/A 181 N/A N/A N/A T.I.G.E.R.S. - Preservation station Heiden Pers. Comm., 20132 N/A 168 N/A N/A N/A T.I.G.E.R.S. - Preservation station Heiden Pers. Comm., 20133 Sita 150 12 Tabby Average Tiger Island Dreamworld Scott Pers. Comm., 20134 N/A 120 N/A White N/A Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo Holst Pers. Comm., 20135 My-Lee 113.5 N/A White Average Nashville Zoo Rice Pers. Comm., 20136 Sareeka 113.5 N/A Regular Average Nashville Zoo Rice Pers. Comm., 2013

    Average 141

    The tables above present the body masses of captive born bengal tigers in North American and Australian Zoo's, Sanctuaries, or other facilities. Facilitiescontacted via personnel communication where asked the body mass of their cats and if they were pure bred tigers. Further confirmation on the purityof each big cat was also based on picture evidence of stripe pattern. Bengal tigers in Western zoo's were significantly heavier than bengal tigers bornin 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).