Last Sunday, three liger cubs (tiger/lion hybrids) were born at a zoo in Taiwan called the World Snake King Education Farm. One cub died at birth. The surviving two cubs were confiscated by government officials, and the zoo’s owner is facing a fine for violating Taiwan’s wildlife conservation laws by crossbreeding protected animal species.
The zoo’s owner claimed that he did not purposely breed the animals, but acknowledged that he kept the male lion and female tiger in the same cage. “Crossbreeding two protected species is completely against nature,” said Lin Tai-jing, a representative of Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan, an animal rights group, in an interview with Taiwan News.
Halfway around the world in Miami, ligers are a featured attraction at Jungle Island, a depressing zoo known for its irresponsible breeding of animals. Jungle Island welcomed a liger cub most recently in 2008.
Ligers and other hybrids often suffer lifelong health problems.
Visit ARFF’s website to learn more about Jungle Island and how you can help to discourage the cruel breeding of ligers.