Liger

FACTS

· Cross breed between a female tiger and male lion

· 6% chance of being able to have children (sterilization)

DESCRIPTION

The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a tigress . Thus, it has parents with the same genus but of different species. It is distinct from the similar hybrid tigon. It is the largest of all known extantfelines.

The liger is often believed to represent the largest known cat in the world. Males reach a total length of 3 to 3.5 m.

Ligers enjoy swimming, which is a characteristic of tigers, and are very sociable like lions. Ligers exist only in captivity because the habitats of the parental species do not overlap in the wild. Historically, when the Asiatic Lionwas prolific, the territories of lions and tigers did overlap and there are legends of ligers existing in the wild.

Notably, ligers typically grow larger than either parent species.

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). These markings may be black, dark brown or sandy.

The background colour may be correspondingly tawny, sandy or golden. In common with tigers, their underparts are pale. The actual pattern and colour depends on which subspecies the parents were and on how the genes interact in the offspring.

 

HABITAT

Ligers exist only in captivity because the habitats of the parental species do not overlap in the wild.

DIET

Similar to big cats, ligers are carnivores.

WHERE DO THEY LIVE?

Ligers exist only in captivity because the habitats of the parental species do not overlap in the wild.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Ligers exist only in captivity.