National Geographic Exposes Liger Breeding for the Scam It Is

You may have heard of a liger—the lion-tiger hybrid is, after all, Napoleon Dynamite’s favorite animal—but nowa Russian zoo has released photos of a so-called “liliger” named Kiara, the offspring ofa liger mother and a lion father. (See liger pictures.)

 

“Liliger” Born in Russia NoBoon for Big Cats

Unnatural mix-and-match felines have no conservation purpose, experts say.

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A ''li-liger'' in a Russian zoo.

This baby liliger cub may be the only one in existence.

 

The cub, born last week at Novosibirsk Zoo, may be the only liliger in existence. But charming as the cuddly cub appears, ligers, liligers, and other mix-and-match felines raise serious concerns for advocates of big-cat conservation.

 

Ligers are the result of a male lion mating with a female tiger. Craig Packer, director oft

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