Ligers – part lion, part tiger

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There are thousands if not millions of different species around the world of animals and reptiles and everything with two or more legs. It is no wonder that some of these species get together now and again and have offspring which are a little on the unusual side. There is a donkey that has stripes on its hind legs because a donkey and a zebra have mated and there are all kinds of different dogs and horses because of mans intention to make the perfect breed. A Liger is actually the cross between a tiger and a lion which is when a male lion gets a female lion pregnant. The offspring is known as a Liger which looks just like a lion with some other colors picked up from the tiger. It is not uncommon for the liger to have stripes.

A tiglon is the complete opposite of a liger however this event is usually less successful than the breeding of a liger. The liger is actually the biggest of all the big cats in the world because of its breeding. With some characteristics from both parents the liger is more adventurous than the lion or tiger alone because like the lion the liger is social however like the tiger the liger likes to play in water. They are a very playful bunch of social animals which you can see playing at the zoo or in the wild however like the lion the liger prefers to sleep during the day and become more active at night preparing for the hunt. The most distinguishing feature of the liger is usually the coloration on its face which has its own patters which is useful for determining which liger is which.

Science tells us that it is imprinted genes that make the liger so big however this was not a man made event but the natural occurrence of two misfit animals in the wild. Ligers can actually continue to grow all through their live because of the mixed species breeding which causes hormone imbalances. A female liger can reach over 300 kilograms and while lying flat can be 10 feet long. Ligers have a good life span of around 15 to 20 years however one which was breed in captivity managed to stay in the zoo for a long 24 years until it died of old age. Depending on the genes that the liger has received will also determine how successful its chances of breeding are.

Ligers In The Wild

Filed under: Ligers - 07 Jun 2013  | Share on :

When talking about ligers, you probably only think of these animals in captivity. Ligers can be seen in various zoo, around the world, these big cats impressing with their size, but also with their beauty. Until today, there have been registered no cases of ligers into the wild, but no one can tell for sure that an individual from the species has never been born outside the zoo.

Well, one of the most important questions about ligers nowadays is whether they can survive in the wild or not? There are numerous sources which claim that it would actually be impossible for a liger to survive into the wild. However, there are also specialists who believe that ligers would do just fine outside the zoo.


There are certain areas in the world with a higher probability of homing a liger. They include the forests of India, Africa, as well as the North and South America. The liger is well known to be one of the largest and most intelligent animals in the world. It possesses an immense speed, force and strength, so why wouldn’t he survive? Ligers are capable of running at speeds that exceed 60 miles per hours. When it comes to this characteristic, they have actually been able to surpass their parents, running even faster than lions.

A liger has an impressive dimension, but it posses huge paws, a huge month and a great strength. This means that it could hunt any animal in the wild, with no problems. In conclusion, a liger is able to run faster, possesses more strength and has the ability to hunt any prey.


And that is not all! Ligers are known to be highly social animals and they also love to swim. They are as friendly as possible and like to be around other animals. But, in case of need, a liger can also defend itself. It is commonly thought that this impressive animal would actually be able to take down a lion. Even a female liger can survive into the wild, being more powerful than most of the animals which live there.

Having all these facts under consideration, we can surely say that ligers will be able to survive into the wild. This meas that such an animal may exist in this environment. Well, even though it looks like ligers can survive into the wild, the chances for such an impressive animal to be found outside zoos is still low. The parents of a liger, lions and tigers, do not live in the same environment. Still, it is not impossible for ligers to exist in the wild!

The Diet Of A Liger

Filed under: Ligers - 28 May 2013  | Share on :

Ligers are absolutely impressive big cats. Well, these cats weight more than 1000 pounds, so they surely need a lot of food. Ligers commonly eat about 30 pounds of raw meat on daily basis. According to some statements, there are cases in which ligers consumed even 50 pounds of meat a day. So, individuals from this species can eat between 30 and 50 pounds of meat each day.

Here is a video on a liger eating his meal:

Ligers could eat 100 pounds of flesh in the wild, but in captivity their diet is limited to around 25 to 30 pounds of meat. So, eating such a huge quantity of meat is considered to be unhealthy for a liger, this is why the intake amount is limited by keepers. Unhealthy feeding will make a liger fat and obese, in the most severe cases actually leading to the death of the animal. So, several studies have shown that over-feeding is extremely dangerous for a liger.

When it comes to the foods that can be included into their diet it seems that ligers prefer beef, as well as elk and venison. Still, any meat could work, including pork and fish. And that is not all. Ligers also love to drink milk, like all cats, so this beverage needs to be included into their diet, as well. Besides milk, ligers consume a great quantity of water, too. In a single day, a liger needs no less than one gallon of water.

The Breeding Of Ligers

Filed under: Ligers - 30 Apr 2013  | Share on :

Ligers are without a doubt fascinating animals. They are the biggest cats in the world, ligers impressing with both their beauty and their dimensions. There are many ligers that can be visited nowadays in zoos from all over the world. However, even though they are cute, friendly animals, there are many issues linked to ligers and mostly to the breeding of these animals.



Commonly, it is believed that all ligers are sterile. The species is formed by the crossbreeding of male lions and female tigresses. Still, it is important to know that while most ligers are sterile, there can be cases in which these animals mate. The most obvious example in this context is the 15-year-old ligeress who gave birth to a healthy li-liger after mating with a lion. The event occurred at a Munich Zoo.

In fact about 6 cases of female ligeresses giving birth have been registered until today. The fertility of ligers is low and when a female is not sterile she can only produce one cub at a time. There has never been a cub born by two liger parents and no fertile male liger cases have ever been registered.



Even though ligers are extremely cute and interesting animals, they occur only by accident. The reality is that ligers occur in captivity almost entirely unplanned. Human error, as well as the closeness of tigers and lions in zoos are the ones to blame for the birth of ligers.

Why ligers are not breed in captivity? Well, there are numerous concerns linked to the health of these hybrid animals. And that is not all. It is a well known fact that for a tigress carrying the baby liger, which has impressive dimensions, can be extremely hard. Both the tigress and the baby liger can develop health complications. In many cases, cubs do not survive, dieing in the first week of life. And there is always the risk of ligers being born with severe health problems. According to specialists this occurs because the baby liger can hardly be carried by the tigress.


The only ligers that are known to exist nowadays are the animals that can be found in captivity. In this context the question on whether there are ligers into the wild or not occurs. Well, it is very unlikely for ligers to be found into the wild. Mating would be impossible as lions and tigers do not live in the same habitat, so meeting is unlikely. However, probably throughout the years ligers have occurred into the wild, as well. Rumors of their existence have first started about 1000 years ago. Still, a liger has never been officially documented to exist in the wild, so it all remains just a myth.

Why Ligers Are Bigger Than Tigons

Filed under: Facts,Ligers - 19 Mar 2013  | Share on :

Ligers and tigons are two of the most impressive and most ferocious cat species in the world. Even though they are crossbred, these felines are impressive and stand out due to their amazing sizes. In fact, the liger is the biggest living cat in the world, simply dwarfing both tigers and lions in size and weight. However, why are ligers to much bigger than tigons?


Well, the large size of a liger and small size of a tigon are due to a genetic phenomenon called “genomic imprinting”, meaning the unequal expression of genes depending on parent of origin, that is whether certain growth genes are inherited from the male or the female. In simpler words, lions and tigers – in fact, all big felines – have imprinted genes which can be expressed maternally or paternally, with great restrictions to species and gender. This is also linked to the species’ lifestyle and breeding strategy – whether the female mates with only one male while in heat (non-competitive) or with more than one male (competitive). This results in “growth dysplasia”.

Lions live in prides led by several adult males. The lionesses mate with each of those males. Each male desires his offspring to be the ones to survive. However, the female’s genes want multiple offspring to survive. The lion’s genes promote the size of the offspring to make sure that his offspring out-compete any other offspring in the womb at the same time. Genes from the lioness inhibit growth to make sure that as many offspring as possible survive and that all the cubs have an equal chance.

By contrast, tigers are largely solitary and a female on heat normally only mates with a single male. There is no competition for space in the womb, so the male tiger’s genes do not need to promote larger offspring. Therefore, there is no need for the tigress to compensate, so the offspring’s growth goes uninhibited.


When a male lion mates with a female tigress, though, his genes promote large offspring growth because lions are adapted to a competitive breeding strategy. On the other hand, the tigress does not inhibit the growth because she is adapted to a non-competitive strategy. Therefore, the offspring of a male lion and female tigress – the liger – grows larger and stronger than either parent because the effects do not cancel each other out. While it is true that it takes several years for ligers to reach full adult size, the fact that ligers never stop growing is a complete and utter myth.

When a male tiger mates with a female lioness, his genes do not promote large offspring growth because tigers are adapted to a non-competitive breeding strategy. On the other hand, the lioness inhibits the growth because she is adapted to a competitive strategy. Due to this uneven match, the offspring of a male tiger and female lioness – the tigon – is often smaller and less robust than either parent.

Growth dysplasia has other effects, as well. It can affect the size of the placenta, causing miscarriage, or it can cause the embryo to be aborted at an early stage due to abnormal growth. Also, the cub may be stillborn or may only survive a few days after birth.


This is the scientific explanation why ligers are much bigger than tigons. Other hypothesis are also taken into consideration, but this is the most plausible one. Remember that this explanation is greatly simplified, as a number of other genes are contributed unequally by the male and female parents and also affect the general health and longevity of the offspring.

Ligers – Inspiration For Logos And Companies

Filed under: Ligers - 21 Feb 2013  | Share on :

Ligers are the biggest cats in the world, even bigger than lions. Step by step, they tend to symbolize power and courage and maybe soon, their image will replace that of lions’. Ligers are a cross between a lion and a tigress, holding the features of his both parents.


Although these animals have always been controversial, but still they represent power, courage, dignity, being associated with superior qualities. As they symbolize so many great things, it’s no wonder that ligers have impressed webdesigners.


Webdesigners have started to create logos and banners featuring the face of these animals or few elements of their face. This type of logos inspired by such wonderful creatures took part in logo contests and some of them were very successful.

It seems that logos inspired by ligers have started to become a trend. There is a televison titled “Liger Television”, which is a film and web video production company based in London.


If you like ligers and you’re also talented at logo design, these nice animals can definitely inspire you.Perhaps in the future more and more companies will use ligers as their symbol. And if not for their companies, at least for their products or services. Even if you’re not a webdesigner yet, you should start to take special courses and learn how to use special webdesign programs.


Or, if you are an entrepreneur and want to have your own business, having ligers or a liger as a source of inspiration for your logo, services or products is a great idea.

Ligers In USA

Filed under: Facts - 30 Jan 2013  | Share on :

USA has the largest numbers of ligers than any other country in the world and also the highest number of tigers in captivity compared to the tigers in any other country and even in the wild. In USA are over 15000 tigers, 10,000 lions and more 20,000 other big cat species, including ligers.


In other parts of the world, breeding ligers is illegal, but in USA someone can do anything in order to breed the ligers. Liger breeding is not legal in all the States of America, but it’s legal in the majority of the states.


These huge cats can be seen at Florida, Naples, Utah Zoo, The Hogale, Dakota and Miami zoo and animal sanctuaries also. Animal sanctuaries and several zoos have displayed these animals in various exhibitions, educational programs and shows.


People are usually delighted by such events, show them to their kids, ligers being also educational stuffs. Ligers are one of the main attractions among many zoos and animal sanctuaries. Nonetheless, these creatures help for their own finances, but also those of various zoo animals.


As the number of visitors increases because of ligers, this has a huge impact on the food available for these animals. Ligers are one of the most interesting animals today and many people come to zoos to see them. Kids especially are very curious to see them and learn new things. The question remains if it’s ethical or not.

Liger Products

Filed under: Ligers - 26 Nov 2012  | Share on :

Ligers are amazing animals. Even though their existence is debated, we cannot deny their beauty. These animals are the biggest cats today and they are lovely. There are a lot of people that want to admire them at the zoo, so they are also very popular.

Thus, there’s no wonder why there are many products featuring images with ligers such as:

  • Cartoon Liger and Friends Custom bag is great for holding groceries, kids’ toys, as well as beach stuff and many other things; it’s made from 100% cotton and looks great


  • Cartoon Liger mousepad is very cute and will make using your computer a more beautiful experience


  • Cute Cartoon Liger T-shirt looks great and comes in various sizes


  • Cartoon Liger Mug is great for drinking your tea, coffee, making your morning more beautiful and sunnier


  • Cartoon Bouncy Liger water bottle looks great, but it’s also very practical and resistant, ideal for trips, work or school


  • Ligers keychain featuring “I love ligers” inscription and a red heart


These represents only a small part of a wide range of other products featuring ligers that look great. You also have the possibility to custom them and choose any colour you want. You can order them on the Internet, but you can also find them in stores.

Amazing Facts About Ligers

Filed under: Facts - 25 Oct 2012  | Share on :

Ligers are the biggest cats in the world. They are the result of cross breeding two different species: lions and tigers. Actually, a liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Currently, cross breeding does not occur into the wild, as these two species do not live in the same environment. It only takes place in zoos and in captivity.


Ligers are without a doubt fascinating animals. There are numerous interesting things you should know about ligers. Below are listed just some of them.

  • A liger is a carnivore animal, being the biggest meat consuming carnivore in the world.
  • Ligers are bigger than both their parents. Lions and tigers are less than half their size.
  • The word liger emerged from the combination of two English words, lion and tiger
  • The first liger cub in the world was born by accident back in 1799. Actually, most ligers that have been bread until now were the result of accident.
  • The first liger in the United States was born in 1948.
  • Nowadays, there are few ligers left in the world. Last statistics indicated a number of about 200 individuals representing this species.


  • A normal liger can weight no less than 900 pounds. These animals have a gigantic body structure. Lions are able to reach only a maximum weight of 500 pounds, while tigers are capable of reaching about 600 pounds.
  • The heaviest liger known to have ever lived weighted about 1600 pounds.
  • The mouth of a liger is about as big as the shoulders of a man.
  • Ligers are bigger in weight and length than both of their parents. 
  • Hercules is the biggest cat in the world. He weights about 900 pounds.

  • Nook is known to be one of biggest cats who has ever lived. The liger died in 2007.
  • Why are ligers able to grow so much bigger than lions and tigers is a question that has constantly preoccupied researchers. Ligers are known to grow much faster due to the lack of growth inhibiting hormones.
  • Commonly, a 60 days old liger weights about 16 pounds, while a tiger cub will weight only 9 pounds. 
  • Ligers grow at a rate of about 1 pound per day.


  • At a single sitting, a liger is capable of eating no less than 100 pounds of meat. However, a liger is commonly feed with only 25 to 30 pounds of meat per day. Larger quantities of food can determine these animals to be obese. 
  • Ligers are very fast animals, despite their size. A liger is believed to be capable of reaching a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour.
  • Until now, there has been no evidence that ligers exist into the wild. As lions and tigers are enemies in the wild, mating can be very difficult, although not impossible. 
  • The body structure of a liger resembles that of lions.
  • The tail of a liger resembles that of a tiger.


  • Ligers are highly socialized animals, such as lions.
  • Ligers love to swim, characteristic inherited from tigers.
  • Ligers are believed to have inherited what is best from both lions and tigers.
  • Due to their impressive size, ligers are thought to develop a series of health problems.
  • Some specialists consider that ligers have a very small span of life. Still, there is no solid evidence to prove that.
  • In many cases, liger cubs die soon after their birth. Still, there are numerous cubs born healthy. The maximum recorded age for a liger is 24 years. Shasta the liger lived for that long.


  • There are some speculations that ligers are more prone to blindness than lions and tigers. However, the hypothesis is not true.
  • A tigress usually requires a C-sections to be able to give birth to a liger because of the impressive size of the cub.
  • Most ligers are sterile. However, in 1943 a female liger was able to give birth to a beautiful cub. In 2012, the first liliger was born in a zoo in Russia. 

There is no doubt in the fact that ligers are impressive animals. They surely are the most interesting new species of animals which has appeared in the last three centuries.

Ligers Health Problems

Filed under: Facts - 18 Oct 2012  | Share on :

Ligers, such as many other hybrid animals, are cute, intelligent and quite unique. In the world, there are numerous hybrids between different species. Most commonly, hybrids can be found in captivity, but it is important to know that hybridization occurs into the wild, as well.

Hybridization can occur involuntarily, actually in some cases being very difficult to distinguish different species from each other. Ligers are hybrids born in captivity, to a lion father and a tigress mother. As lion and tiger populations do not live in the same environment into the wild, they can only breed in captivity.


So, the liger is a cross breed between a female tiger and a male lion. The first liger in history was born in 1824, in Asia. Only in 1935 another liger was born in South Africa. Nowadays, the best known liger in the world is Hercules. Hercules can be visited at Jungle Island, in Florida. This beautiful liger has actually become very famous. He was featured in many television shows, including Good Morning America, The Today Show and 60 minutes. Hercules is the largest cat in the world, weighting nine hundred pounds. He is healthy and beautiful, Hercules having no health problems.

This is actually considered to be a lucky situation, as ligers can be born with birth defects. Most do not survive the first year of life. Some liger cubs die within the first week.


Some specialists claim that birth defects may be caused by the fact that the baby liger is too big to be carried by a tigress. For most female tigers, carrying the big cub can turn out to be extremely difficult.

Actually, there are many speculations on the fact that ligers develop health problems. They are believed to be more vulnerable to a series of diseases than any other big cats and their entire life is linked to various health issues.


Here are some problems associated with ligers:

  • The tigress mom most commonly needs a C-Section due to the large size of her baby. Giving birth can be fatal for the tigress.
  • Many ligers do not survive more than a few days or weeks after birth.
  • Ligers have unstable temperaments, which cannot be predicted.
  • Ligers are known to have numerous health problems, caused by genetic abnormalities and neurological defects.
  • Ligers are more likely to develop conditions such as cancer and arthritis.
  • They have a lifespan shorter than the one of either of their parents.


While some claim that the entire life of a liger is associated with difficulties, others consider that such hypotheses are wrong.

  • For instance, even though mortality rates of liger cubs are high, so are the rates of tiger cubs. 
  • A tigress was able to give birth to 12 ligers in China, while only one of the cubs died. This means that tigresses are able to carry pregnancies with no risks. 
  • A study has shown that ligers are much healthier than lions. Ligers can live more than lions and tigers, the best example being a female liger who lived no less than 24 years in captivity.
  • The speculation that ligers have a weaker heart is just a myth. In fact, there are no health issues that can only be associated to ligers. It is impossible to say that ligers tend to live shorter than lions or tigers due to their severe health problems. And the best example is Hercules.


The topic on ligers health problems remains a controversial one, so opinions are shared. Despite the health issues that ligers may or may not be suffering from, this is an amazing species. Ligers are the biggest and most impressive cats in the world.

Liligers – Kiara Adopted By A Cat

Filed under: Ligers - 15 Oct 2012  | Share on :

The news that the first liliger in the world was born in September, 2012, in a zoo in Russia has definitely reached the whole world. Kiara, who was born at Novosibirsk Zoo, is believed to be the only liliger in the universe. The cub was born to a lion dad and a liger mom.


Kiara’s father is an African lion, while her mom is a liger, Zita. Zita took care of her cub at first, but it seems that the female liger hadn’t enough milk to feed her unique baby. This is why vets decided to take Kiara away from her mother. Soon after that, the cub was adopted by a household cat. 

So, even though Kiara was taken away from her mom, she was not alone for long. Zoo employees who take care of Kiara say that she will become a strong confident animal. She already looks strong, perfectly bounding with the cat who replaces her mom.

Kiara is very cute, having tiger stripes on her forehead. At the moment, Kiara looks exactly like a lion cub, but while growing the liliger will most likely have more tiger’s features than lion’s. Kiara will probably be able to reproduce when fully grown.

Immediately after her birth, Kiara experienced some health problems, but the cute cub is fine now. The liliger is happy and beautiful. And since she started to grow and develop, Kiara will begin to receive visitors. It seems that visitors will be able to see Kiara at Novosibirsk Zoo starting with October.


Ligers are the result of mating a male lion with a female tiger. Ligers are born in captivity, as lion and tiger populations do not live in the same environment into the wild. Their behavior mechanisms makes the matting of these two species impossible in nature. Into the wild a tiger who tries to get near a female lion will most likely be chased away by the other lions. However, this aspect completely changes when it comes to captivity. 

Lions and tigers can breed in captivity and this is how ligers are born. Liligers are even rarer than ligers. In fact, liligers are sometimes considered to be miracles as many female ligers are infertile. The fact that Kiara was born is actually an amazing event. Male tigons and ligers are sterile.

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