America's First LiLigers To Go On Exhibit

America's First LiLigers To Go On Exhibit


Wynnewood, Okla. (April 4, 20140) -- This weekend The GW Zoo presents the first ever Liligers born in the U.S.  Doors open  at 9 AM, The zoo will close at 7 PM. Cost is  $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

For years Zoo Director Joe Exotic has been working on breeding the LiLigers , a hybrid of lion and tiger. One morning a male lion and a female liger finally gave birth to 3 extraordinary, healthy female ligers named Misty, Lefty and Itsy.

“This is how a new species evolves, even in the wild.,” Exotic said.“There isn’t enough room even in the wild for them to do this, so a captive breeding program is the only way to introduce a new species into the world.”

Joe Exotic has also been working with researchers at Texas A&M University on the project. They are exploring this new species with care to make sure it  is a healthy, robust animal.            

The first known hybrid, a female liliger named Kiara, was born at the Novosibirsk Zoo in Russia, in September 2012. Kiara was born to 8-year-old female liger Zita and male African lion Samson. Tomorrow Oklahoma residents will be able to see the first iligers born and bred in the U.S.

Festivities will include a 30 - minute magic show at 11:30  AM. Joe Exotic will give a personal tour of the park at 2:30 PM. GW Zoo is located  at 25803 NCR 3250 , Wynnewood OK 73098. From I-35 take exit 64 south of OKC. 

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