The liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger. It is denoted scientifically as Panthera tigris Panthera leo. A liger resembles a lion with diffused stripes. They are the largest cats in the world, although the Siberian Tiger is the largest pure sub-species. Like tigers, but unlike lions, ligers enjoy swimming. A similar hybrid, the offspring of a male tiger and a female lion is called a tigon.
Rare reports have been made of tigresses mating with lions in the wild. Under exceptional circumstances it has been known for a tiger to be forced into ranges inhabited by the Asiatic Lion, Panthera leo persica; however, this combination of species in the wild is considered highly unlikely. The present-day ranges of wild lions and tigers no longer overlap.
The four living species of Panthera genus (Panthera leo (Lion), Panthera onca (Jaguar), Panthera pardus (Leopard), Panthera tigris (Tiger)) may produce a number of hybrid crosses. These hybrids are usually described with a portmanteau name, and sometimes with a traditional name.
| Lion || Tiger ||Jaguar||Leopard|
|Jaguar||Jaglion|| Jaguar-Tiger |