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5 Biggest Traits
5 Biggest Ligers
In the World
How many Ligers
Exist in the World?
First Liger Ever in
Did the Ligers Ever Exist
In The Wild?
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How Many Ligers
Exist in the World?
All the ligers in the world are living in captivity. None
of these ligers live in the wild. Ligers are a result of a
cross breeding program in between a male lion and
female tiger. Since all of these ligers are living in
captivity, it can be highly easier to evaluate exactly
how many ligers exist in the world. However, there are
some conflicting reports about the exact numbers of
According to the most recent reports e.g. Xinhua news
agency China, there are only 8 ligers in the world. But
this is not true at all. One report in 2008, published in
the Daily sun stated that there are nearly 100 ligers
living in the world. Normally, all the news agencies
and even the animal welfare organization says that the
numbers of ligers living in the world are around 20 to
30. Which report should we trust then?
Ligerworld.com has conducted a survey and found that
the exact numbers of ligers are near to 100.
Alone in United States, there are about 30 ligers
in the world. In China, there are about 20 ligers
living there. These two countries make up
around 50 ligers. Russia, Korea, Germany,
England, Italy, South Africa and France all have
more than 2 ligers each in their zoos. A graph
below shows the numbers of ligers in the world
Numbers of Ligers in Different Countries
Ligers have a very rich history. At least they are
almost 2 centuries old in terms of their historical
records. The data indicates that the first liger ever
born in the world was during 1824. All of these
ligers were the parts of the intentional breeding
programs. The experimenters just wanted to check
about different possibilities. The result came in the
form of ligers and it would have satisfied them to
a certain extent.
The reports also indicated that the first liger in the
This would also indicate the fact that this would
have happened under the ruling of the British in
India. It is not possible because of the basic fact
that tigers and lions have never shared any
territory in the world. At least it indicates that
the concept was there and people were actually
aware of the fact that what would result from a
cross breeding of the lions and the tigers.
world was born in India. Ligers are not born in the
From the 1700s, the event of 1799 was the most
wild. The liger which was born in 1799 in India
notable. Apart from that all the rest of the
had its painting as well. Therefore, the painting
historical traces about the ligers were well
evidence indicates that first ever liger offspring
established in the 1800s. Therefore, 19th century
occurred in the sub-continent soil which currently
could be considered as the hallmark for the
include Pakistan and India.
historical evolution of the ligers on earth.
DID LIGERS EVER
EXIST IN THE WILD?
It is unlikely to observe lions and tigers living and
The answer exists within a place named as Gir in
hunting together at same plains. Tigers live in dense
India. This is a place, where the tigers’ and lions’
jungles while lions in open plains. Most of the lions
territories are specifically overlapped. Therefore, in
in the world are in Africa. Africa has the largest
finding the wild ligers, the best chance can be to find
population of the lions. Similarly, most of the biggest
it in that place. But there is no evidence of ligers
population of the tigers resides in Asia and in the
there. However, people do have stories that ligers
Siberian region of Russia. There is hardly a chance
use to roam in these areas, hundreds of years ago.
that these two cats mate in the wild and produce their
But there has been no real evidence of it. Therefore,
off-springs as ligers. Is there ever a place where there
a forensic evidence research is needed to explore it
is a chance a tiger and lion can encounter?
requiring a massive budget.
Skeletons of big cats have been founds which
are believed to be as big as ligers. The Great
American Lions and Saber Toothed Tigers are
very common examples. They also weighed
more than 1000 pounds. One school of thought
suggests that it is highly possible that one of
the species might would have been ligers and
ligers did have existed millions of years ago.
SPEED OF THE
There are conflicting reports about the speed of the ligers. But this even these
conflicting evidences confirm that ligers are capable of speeding from 40 to 50
miles per hour. A liger expert Dr. Bhagavan Antle, who has an experience of
more numbers of ligers including world’s famous liger Hercules, says that
ligers capable of speeding up to 50 miles per hour. He says that despite having
huge body, the overall body structure of the liger is built to support the weight
and speed of the ligers. Ligers are very fast. Even tigers are as fast as 50 miles
However, Dr. Antle has once also stated that one of his liger named as Samson
was capable of running 60 miles per hour. This is a very fast speed for a liger.
If this speed is correct, this can make the liger the second fastest mammal on
earth as well after Cheetah. Ligerworld.com has evaluated the speed of
different mammals as shown in the chart below:
Speed in Kilometers Per Hour
Cape Hunting Dog
LIGERS: MANE &
Ligers are the hybrids of male lions and female tigers.
Another important finding is that some male ligers do
Lions possess big manes which help them as a guard
not develop manes early on in their lives. But they
against any aggression of other predator usually
may develop mane at the later stages of their lives.
another big lion in the wild. Tigers do not have that
Even most importantly, the manes of the ligers are not
shield. They do have small puffs around their head.
that much heavier as that of the African lions. The
Since manes are absent and present with a ratio of
manes of the ligers look more well groomed as
tiger mother and lion father, therefore, theoretically it
compared to the African lions who have bushy kind of
is highly possible that their offspring ligers may or
may not have manes.
In the picture below are the two different ligers. Both
are the male ligers but one liger has a mane while the
ligerworld.com, it has been concluded from the
other liger does not have a mane. Even most
evidence of the pictures and from the advice of the
importantly, the liger on the left side is younger and
experts that some ligers have manes, while others do
lives in China in Habrin. The liger on the right side
not have them at all. It should also be noted that just
has no mane at all. Even the world’s famous male
like male lions only the male ligers have manes, while
liger Hercules does not have the mane. His trainer Dr.
there was no evidence about the mane’s presence
Antle stated that he might develop it after some years
among female ligers.
when he will be more than 7 years old.
SHASTA THE LIGER (LIGERWORLD’S 5 GREATEST)
Shasta a female liger from United States have a big name. She has earned this
cliché of being biggest because of her biggest age record. Shasta holds the
record for living more than 24 years. Shasta has also proved wrong many
speculators who speculate that ligers do not live long.
Hercules the Liger (LIGERWORLD’S 5 GREATEST)
Hercules is a male liger that lives at world’s famous Parrot Jungle Island at
Florida in United States. Hercules is one of the world’s most famous liger in
the world. Hercules weighs more than 900 pounds. This weight makes him the
world’s biggest non-obese liger. Hercules’s cliché of being greatest is on the
basis of his appearance on the Guinness Book of World Records.
Sinbad the Liger (LIGERWORLD’S 5 GREATEST)
Sinbad the liger is a brother of Hercules and it also lives at the Parrot Jungle
Island at Florida in United States. Sinbad is also among world’s greatest liger
because it is the tallest liger in the world. Sinbad has also appeared in National
Geographic’s Program “The Ultimate Cat” and on Discovery Channel as well.
Sinbad also weighs more than 900 pounds.
Nook the Liger (LIGERWORLD’S 5 GREATEST)
Nook is also one of the greatest ligers in the list of the ligerworld.com. We
believe that it hold the all time biggest liger in the world. It is believed to
weigh 1600 pounds. But there is another trait which also surely makes him the
greatest liger and that is his age. Nook is the only male liger in the world that
has lived for more than 21 years before it was euthanized.
Rocky the Liger (LIGERWORLD’S 5 GREATEST)
Rocky is one of the most ferocious liger in the world. No one dares to go
inside its cage; even if someone dares to he will probably kill that person. He
has already killed one of its trainers. Rocky’s ferocious behavior is because of
his poor manhandling and ill-treatment by its previous owners.
5 BIGGEST TRAITS
First of all ligers are the biggest cat species in
the world. They weigh more than any other
cat. Their highest weight ever recorded is
Secondly, ligers are also the biggest carnivore
animals in the world. Bears might be key
contender but they are omnivores. Ligers in a
one single sitting is capable of eating more
than 100 pounds.
Fifth, ligers are easier to tame and train than
tigers and lions. Male lions when they grow
older they become ferocious. Ligers on the
Third, ligers are very long in their lengths as
well. Among the big cats tigers are usually
considered long. But ligers are as long as 12
to 13 feet. Therefore, their length even also
makes them the biggest as well.
Fourth, ligers are so huge and big, but yet
they are very fast as well. Ligers are as fast as
50 miles per hours. And even some sources
indicate them that they run as fast as 60 miles
other hand have a very mild personality.