he Lion Research Center at the University of Minnesota, said he hasn’t heard of a liliger before but is “not surprised” that it exists.
All ligers are born in captivity, Packer said, because this animal simply does not exist in the natural world. Not only are wild lion and tiger populations separated by geography, there are certain behavior mechanisms in place that would prevent the two species from mating.
“If a tiger tried to mate with a female lion it would be chased away by the other lions pretty fast, and vice versa,” said Packer, who is also a National Geographic Society/Waitt Foundation grantee.
Liligers “Irrevelant” for Conserving Big Cats
That can change in captivity. Given no other options, lions and tigers may breed. “Lions and tig