A comprehensive procedure was developed to measure the bodies of large African predators. A maned male lion (Panthera leo) was used as example, but the procedure has been used to measure other predators such as leopard (Panthera pardus), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), caracal (Caracal caracal), serval (Felis serval), Cape fox (Vulpes chama) and black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas). natagri.ufs.ac.za/content.aspx?uid=20 BTW The Tiger: Power and Fragility by Dr. K. Ullas Karanth savingwildtigers.org/savingwildtigers/karanth.html "The Indian tigers are smaller with average males weighing around 200 to 250 kilograms and females a 100 kilos less. Indian tigers are about 155 to 225 centimetres long including head and body, with an additional tail length of 75 to 100 centimetres, if measured correctly along the body curves. However, many old shikar accounts report a nose to tail-tip distance, measured straight between wooden pegs (and, as a way suspected, sometimes between pegs of whisky) making it difficult to get accurate size estimates from them."