Rare 'ti liger' finds a new home in the North State

Jan 20, 2015 6:31 PM by News Staff

Already home to lions, tigers and bears, the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation has just taken in one of the rarest animals on the planet.

The newest member of the Kirshner Foundation Family is a ti liger, the offspring of a tiger and a liger, which is already a cross between a lion and tiger. Those genes make the new Kirshner resident three quarters tiger, and one of five in the United States.

Roberta Kirshner has run the facility since 1964 and says she doesn't agree with the practice of cross breeding animals like the ti liger, but she is glad the foundation can help in gathering data that will benefit the quality of life for other animals in this gene pool.

The Kirshner Foundation is already home to two ligers and the facility is uniquely suited to take on a project like this. Most of the animals at the foundation have special needs and wouldn't be alive if not the team at The Kirshner Foundation.

Along with the ti liger, a four week old tiger who had been abused and then cast off with its mother was delivered to the facility.


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