What is a Tigon?

Ligers and Tigons are hybrids of Lion and Tiger Matings
Ligers and Tigons are hybrids of Lion and Tiger Matings
Ligers and Tigons are hybrids of Lion and Tiger Matings


The tigon is a hybrid of a male tiger and a female lion, and is less common than the liger, a hybrid of a male lion and a female tiger.


For all the tigon’s rarity, the first citation of that word in the Oxford English Dictionary dates from 1927, while the first citation of a liger dates from 1938.


A cross between a tiger and a stuffed toy is, according to The House at Pooh Corner, a Tigger, and dates from 1928.


The only reason that ligers, tigons, white lions or white tigers exist at all is because stupid people will pay to see them.  They serve no conservation value and breeding them only results in these huge and majestic cats spending 10-20 years behind bars.

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