Outlaw – Liger

Outlaw – Liger

Outlaw is a female liger born in September 2010. She was given to the Foundation as part of a behavioral research project. She is in excellent health. The Liger is the largest cat on the planet because Ligers lack both copies of the growth inhibitor genes inherited from the parents. In lions the females carry this gene, and in tigers it is carried by the males. When a male lion and female tiger mate, neither of them is able to supply the growth inhibitor, which means that Ligers continue to grow throughout their lifespan. Ligers often suffer genetic abnormalities and neurological problems,...

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Maya – Liger

Maya – Liger

Maya is a female liger (½ Panthera leo – ½ Panthera tigris) born in May 2008. She was given to the Foundation because of the unique educational programs we offer the public. Born with Metabolic Bone Disease, which caused bowing in her two front limbs. Maya underwent physical therapy to correct her condition where she was taught to stretch her limbs out by reaching for the top of her enclosure. As there is very little documented research on ligers, the Foundation will monitor and conduct non-invasive research on Maya pertaining to animal soundness, nutrition, and behavior. We will...

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