How Tall Is A Lion Standing Up?

Have you ever wondered exactly how tall a lion is when standing up? I know I have. Lions are huge cats and they appear to be quite tall. Like other big cats in the Felidae family, male lions have a mane, which makes them seem even taller than they are.

There is so much misinformations out there regarding the height of the lion. But we will give you the right answer and break down the question in several steps:

Average height of lions

The height of a lion is related to its gender. Males are taller than females, with the males reaching a maximum height of 4 feet (1.2 meters) at the shoulder, while females reach only 3.5 feet (1 meter) at the shoulder.

Why are female lions shorter than male lions? This is because male lions hunt for food and need to be bigger in order to defend their territory.

Besides being shorter than males, females also weigh less. A full-sized male can weigh up to 550 pounds, whereas females weigh in at between 265 and 400 pounds, as noted by Big Cat Rescue.

How tall is an African lion standing up?

African Lions are the largest of the African big cats and a member of the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo). An African lion’s shoulder height is between 3.5 and 4 feet (1 and 1.2 meters). They weigh between 265 to 420 pounds (120 to 190 kilograms), males being heavier than females, according to the San Diego Zoo.

How tall is an Asiatic lion standing up?

An Asiatic lion’s maximum height at the shoulder is around 3.5 feet (107 cm) and its tail adds 40 inches (1 m). The average weight of a male Asiatic lion is around 190 kg (420 lbs), while the average weight of a female is about 126 kg (278 lbs).

The Asiatic lion, also known as the Indian or Persian lion (Panthera leo persica), is a lion subspecies that once roamed from Greece and Mesopotamia in the west to India in the east. It differs from the African lion by a less developed mane, a reduced tail tuft and proportionally shorter legs.

How long is the biggest lion?

The longest lion ever recorded measured nearly 3.6 m (12 ft) in total length, including its tail. It was shot near Mucsso, southern Angola in October 1973 by a hunter.

How tall is the tallest lion in history?

The Eurasian cave lion (Panthera spelaea) was not the largest of the extinct cats, but it might have been the tallest. Based on fossil findings, researchers estimated the largest Eurasian cave lion to be 6 feet 11 inches long, excluding the tail.

The cave lion lived in Europe and Asia during the last ice age, although its exact range is unknown because the animals were nomadic and could have roamed widely. They disappeared around 12000 years ago when many large mammals perished, likely because of global climate change or human hunting practices.

Conclusion

Lion’s body length varies from 1.5m to 2.1 m depending on the gender, with a tail reaching up to 1m in length, weight between 120 and 230 kg, while the average height of female lions is 3.5 ft., male lions are 4 ft. tall at the shoulder.

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Dr Harunur Rashid (Harun) is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who has five years of experience in large pet animal medicine. He worked as a livestock officer for two years in an NGO, and since then he has been practicing pet animals medicine privately. He holds an MS in Pharmacology from Bangladesh Agricultural University and a DVM from the same institution.