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Taliger at G.W. Park.jpg
World's first tiliger at G.W. Zoo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: Panthera tigris × (Panthera leo × Panthera tigris)♀

The tiliger is a hybrid cross between a male tiger (Panthera tigris) and a ligress (which is the hybrid offspring of a male lion and female tiger). The world's first tiligers were born on 16 August 2007 at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma.[citation needed]

Although male tigons and ligers are sterile, female hybrids can produce cubs. As with ligers, tiligers grow to a size that is typically larger than either of their tiger and lion forebears. Large males can grow up to 400 kg and 3.50 meters in length, while the females may grow up to 250 kg and 3 meters in length.[1]


In the first litter of tiligers, the sire - Kahun - was a white Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) and the dam - Beauty - was a liger. Five cubs were born to that litter - four male and one female - named Tanyaro, Yun Yi, Monique, and two others that were moved to other facilities.[citation needed]

On 7 March 2013, a second set of tiliger cubs were again born at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. In this event, the sire - Noah - was a Siberian tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) and the dam - Lizzy - was a liger. Three cubs were born to that litter.[2]

Valley of the Kings in Sharon, Wisconsin is home to a female tiliger named Ti-ler.


  1. ^ Liger#Size and growth
  2. ^ "Taligers: Half Tiger Half Liger Cubs Born In USA". Buzzfeed.com. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2016-04-06.

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