Nahba our snow tigress was raised alongside Abu and Simba our two male standard lions.
Yet reaching sexual maturity they started to try to breed Nahba which we believed wouldn’t be effective since they weren’t of age, still we moved her with the rest of our tigers and two and a half months later on November 1st these beautiful ligers were born.
Though it happened against all odds, we are very happy they are all healthy and are now a part of the zwf family
While we didn’t purposefully intend to breed them, we are thrilled to have these four gorgeous, healthy, liger cubs. Ligers are the product of a female tigress mating with a male lion. Today ligers exist only in captivity because the habitats of the parental species generally no longer overlap in the wild. Historically, when the Asiatic lion was prolific, the territories of lions and tigers did overlap and there are legends of ligers existing in the wild. Ligers enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers, and are very sociable like lions. The liger is often believed to represent the largest known cat in the world. Ligers have a tiger-like striped pattern that is very faint upon a lionesque tawny background. In addition, they may inherit rosettes from the lion parent (lion cubs are rosetted and some adults retain faint markings).Even in captivity ligers are extremely rare due to the negative propaganda regarding purposefully breeding hybrids. They are nonetheless truly magical creatures and we couldn’t be happier to have them in our lives here at ZWF.
A new paper just out on spotted hyena density and survival confirms that Liuwa Plain is currently hyena heaven!
This is likely due to abundant prey, a small and recovering lion population, and low levels of human conflict. How the hyena will respond to continued recovery of lions and the ecosystem in general is still under study, but for now it is a tribute to the successful and continued recovery of carnivores in Liuwa under African Parks and DNPW management.
The day was held at under the theme “Zero Tolerance for the Illegal wildlife Trade”, and presentations for the day were mainly focused on the theme.
DEDICATED TO THE SURVIVAL OF THE WORLD’S RHINO SPECIES THROUGH CONSERVATION AND RESEARCH
At the heart of IRF’s vision is the belief that these magnificent species should endure for future generations, and that protecting rhinos ensures the survival of many other species that share their habitat, including people.
CONSERVING THE WILD CHEETAH POPULATION OF BOTSWANA
The major challenge for the project, funded by grant aid and donor support, is one of improving community perceptions towards predators and ensuring that retaliatory killings do not continue to threaten cheetah numbers, while, at the same time, supporting and protecting rural community welfare.
DEDICATED TO THE CONSERVATION OF LARGE CARNIVORE SPECIES
The Zambian Carnivore Programme is a non-profit Zambian registered trust dedicated to the conservation of large carnivore species (African wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard, hyena), their prey, and the ecosystems they reside in.