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.