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What is a Liger? Liger definition and information

The definition of a Liger is a cross between a lion and a tiger, producing a half-lion/half-tiger animal, hence the name, Liger. To produce a Liger, a male lion is bread with a female tiger.

A picture of a Liger and its trainerA picture of a Liger and its trainer

Ligers do not exist naturally, and were first created in the early 1800s by human naturalists working in Asia.

Due to their hybrid nature, Ligers have features from both tigers and lions; specifically, Ligers can swim, which they get from tigers, and are also social rather than solitary animals, a trait they get from lions.

Ligers were popularized in part by a theme park in Florida called Jungle Island which features a real-life Liger, as well as the movie Napoleon Dynamite which discusses the possibility of a Liger.

by Margaret Walker on Tue, 01/19/2010 - 00:00

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