Liger & Tigon Info


-Liger-


©Patrick / Shambala Preservehttp://shambala.org

The liger hybrid is more common than the tigon because the mating process is easier. The liger has both stripes and spots. The stripes are inherited from its tiger parent and the spots from the lion parent. Ligers are usually orangish/golden in color. However, there have been white tigers bred with lions to produce a very light golden coat on the offspring.If the hybrid offspring is a male, it will have a leonine mane,facial ruff of a tiger but it will not be as large and defined as a normal lion's mane.Males and females have spotted bellies an striped backs.male hybrids are usually infertile Some male ligers have more mane development than others and some are almost mane-less,The liger gets most of its strength and size from both of its parents; this makes the liger possibly the largest cat in the world! On their hind legs, ligers stand approximately 12 feet tall. At most, ligers may weigh up to 1,000 pounds.Ligers make the sound of both a lion and a tiger, although their roar tends to sound more like a lion's roar.



-Tigon-


©Noele Shambala Preservehttp://shambala.org

There is less interest in tigons because they do not reach the same impressive size as the liger. The size and appearance depends on which subspecies are bred together. The smaller size of the tigress compared to the lion means that some or all of the cubs may be stillborn or the cubs may be born prematurely [there isn't enough space in the womb for them to develop any further] and may not survive. Premature birth can lead to health problems in those that survive. Tigons are sometimes referred to as Tiglons Tigons are very rare; only a few exist in the world, and even those are only held by private owners. This is because it is much more difficult to get the male tiger to mate with the female lion. Tigons look similar to ligers. They have varying stripes and spots. Tigons are also orangish in color. Male offspring may have a mane, but will be very modest. They are able to produce both lion and tiger sounds when they roar. One difference between tigons and ligers is their size. Tigons are not nearly as large as ligers. In fact, tigons are often times smaller than both of their parents. The lifespan of tigons, as well as other hybrid animals, is shorter than a normal species. The animals seem prone to cancers and other illnesses :-(



-TI~Tigon TI~Liger-


©Nathaniel Noele`s Son Ti-Tigon Shambala Preservehttp://shambala.org

Female tigons and ligers have often proved to be fertile and can mate with a lion, tiger or in theory with another species such as leopard or jaguar. Tigons and ligers have been mated together to produce ti-ligers (tig-ligers). Tigers and tigons have been mated to produce ti-tigons. Ti-ligers and ti-tigons are more tigerlike (75% tiger). Ti-tigons resemble golden tigers but with less contrast in their markings. During the late 1970s/early 1980s, the Shambala Preserve had both a tigon and a ti-tigon. Noelle, the tigon, was born in 1978. Believing that big cats are always infertile, staff allowed Noelle to share an enclosure with a male Siberian tiger called Anton. In 1983, Noelle produced a ti-tigon name Nathaniel. Being 75% tiger, Nathaniel had darker stripes than his mother and he "spoke" tiger rather than the mix of sounds used by his mother. Being only 25% lion, Nathaniel did not grow a mane. He died age 8 or 9 years old due to cancer. Noelle also developed cancer and died soon after. It is possible that the mix of genes contributed to the illness.


OTHER HYBRID BIG CATS

Only those hybrids which have been assigned names are listed

Comprising first part of male parent's name then second part of female parent's name (occasionally first part of male parent's name then first part of the female's name). Complex hybrids use the first part of the male parent's name followed by the original hybrid name. Here is a list of other rare species out there an there *names* / offspring

Father

Mother

Offspring

Notes

Lion

Tiger

Liger

Tawny, golden and white forms.

Tiger

Lion

Tigon (tion, tigron, tiglon)

Tawny, golden and white forms.

Lion

Liger

Li-liger

More lion-like.

Lion

Tigon

Li-tigon

More lion-like.

Tiger

Liger

Ti-liger (tig-liger)

More tiger-like.

Tiger

Tigon

Ti-tigon

More tiger-like.

Jaguar

Leopard

Jagulep (jagleop)

Chicago, America. Spots and rosettes.

Lion

Jagulep (Jagleop)

Lijagulep (Lijagleop)

Chicago, America. Later exhibited as the Congolese Spotted Lion

Caracal

Serval

Caraval

No precise parent details for caraval

Serval

Caracal

Servical

Los Angeles, America. Accidental one-off; were sold as pets.

Leopard

Lion

Leopon (Lepon)

Popular in Japanese zoos and also bred in Italy.

Lion

Leopard

Liard (Lipard)

Leopard x lioness seems more likely pairing. Liard hybrid is unconfirmed. Would be similar to Leopon.

Tiger

Leopard

Tigard (Dogla)

Leopard x tigress seem more likely pairings. I have read only one report of supposed tigard hybrid, but the Dogla is a supposed natural hybrid.

Puma

Leopard

Pumapard

Once only, Hamburg, Germany.

Margay

Ocelot

Marlot

Once only, USA

Oncilla

Margay

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Attempts in 1950s/1960s by pet cat breeder Mm Falken-Rohlre

Margay

Oncilla


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