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All lions and tigers are genetically very similar and they will produce live offspring when mated together. They only really do this in captivity though.

How Can Lions And Tigers Mate?

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In the wild, lions (Panthera leo) and tigers (Panthera tigris) would never pair up and produce young – mainly because they don’t really live in the same place for the most part (lions mainly live in Africa and tigers mainly live in Asia).

Where they do (or previously did) overlap they could well meet regularly, but they have very different behaviors and natural selection (a male tiger will usually kill a female big cat from another species). Most big cats would very likely avoid each other at all costs and could well end up fighting if they were trapped together.

However, in captivity they behave very differently – and could well actually become friends. Close friends.

Although they are still wild animals (you can’t domesticate a lion) they won’t have any sense of their ‘natural’ social cues – especially if hand-reared away from their parents. Being raised by humans or in close proximity to other animals and social triggers, they don’t really know who they are, so do their best to fit in. If you have a socially confused lion and tiger living close by or even together in the same enclosure, they might try a few things.

Is It Called A Liger Or A Tigon?

When animals get together, we always hear of strange names mixing the two originator animals together into a name-squash – in this case, a liger and tigon were born. But how does it work and which one is right? Is it all about how it sounds – like cockapoo instead of pooker, or labradoodle instead of poodor? Well, no – it isn’t about sounding the nicest with wild animals.

Generally, the rule is that you name the animal depending on who the mother is. The mother makes up the last part of the name – so if the mother is a tiger and the father is a lion – then it is a liger (father = li(on) – mother (ti)ger). Simple eh? So dad first – mum last. Therefore, a tigon has a tiger father and a lion mother.

You can go again if you want, because both ligers and tigons are also fertile (unlike many hybrids) – so if follows the same rule based on the father first – mother second. Often though, the male hybrids are less fertile, so they are usually added back in ‘whole’:

LiLiger (Father Lion – Mother Liger)

LiTigon (Father Lion – Mother Tigon)

TiLiger (Father Tiger – Mother Liger)

TiTigon (Father Tiger – Mother Tigon)

Needless to say this can’t go on forever – but records need to be kept if this is being conducted for scientific research. Unfortunately infertility isn’t the only issue they have.

Are Ligers And Tigons Healthy?

According to many sources, these hybrids are not at all as healthy as their parent species with reports of a whole range of health issues specific to these lion-tiger hybrids.

Tigers have a growing gene that is only capped off in tigers – so when they are crossed to lions this switches off and they are prone to gigantism. Sometimes this is apparent in the womb and many liger cubs need to be born by caesarean section.

They can also end up weighing more than 3 times the weight of either as adults – up to 725kg (1600lbs). They can – as a result of this massive state – develop early arthritis, organ failure, and neurological issues. Most ligers only live a fraction of the normal lifespan of either a tiger or a lion.

Tigons on the other hand hardly ever survive childhood due to various complications. When they do though, they are reduced slightly in size compared to both parents – often only reaching 180kg (400lb) but do not have any forms of dwarfism. They just inherit growth inhibitor genes that control their size very tightly (the opposite of the ligers).

There must be enough that have reached sexual maturity – as there are names for the double-hybrids listed above. There are also reports of tigons and ligers themselves producing live young – however, of course, this doesn’t mean they are healthy at all, it just proves they are fertile.

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Can A Lion Mate With Leopards And Jaguars?

Yes, the whole Panthera family can join in – a lion can mate with them all.

There are three other members of the family that can be paired up – leaving us with 10 possible first crosses. So any captive leopards (P. pardus), snow leopards (P. uncia) and jaguars (P. onca) could be hybridized too. Leopons, tigards, jaggers and jagupards are all versions of these same first-crosses between the original species – with varying degrees of success.

There are reports of some of these to have actually appeared naturally in the wild – so the theory of these crosses was always there in keepers’ minds – it was just up to them to decide if they wanted to try it.

Yes they can but. In the wild, lions and tigers would never pair up and produce young – mainly because they don’t really live in the same place for the most part (lions mainly live in Africa and tigers mainly live in Asia).

Here is a video of the top 5 hybrids/cross-breeds.

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