A liger is a cross between a male lion and a female tiger.
A tigon is a cross between a male tiger and a female lion.
The sex of the parents not the offspring determines the name.
A liger can be male or female.
Are ligers male or female?
|Female (left) and male (right) ligers at Everland amusement park in South Korea|
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Can ligers reproduce?
Unusual in animal hybrids, however, ligers are fertile, meaning that they are able to reproduce. Although male ligers have not successfully created offspring, female ligers have been bred with tigers and lions to produce ’tiligers’ and ‘liligers’.
Are male ligers fertile?
Tigons and Ti-tigons
As with ligers the females are fertile whereas the males are sterile. They have the same vocalizations as liger, a sort of cross between lion and tiger.
Can a liger and Tigon reproduce?
Sometimes the females of both hybrid species (ligers and tigons) are not sterile, meaning they can reproduce. Usually, this is 50% of the time. These females are bred back to either a lion or a tiger to create another hybrid species.