HYBRID AND MUTANT ANIMALS
Zoos and menageries once bred exotic-looking hybrid big cats to attract the public just as hybrid small cats (Bengal, Chausie etc) are now bred as pets. The bigger and more ferocious looking, the better the public liked it. Due to conservation efforts, deliberate hybridization is prohibited in most zoos. It still happens in private collections and there are plenty of individuals willing to experiment with breeding different cat species together.
Mutants are natural variations that occur due to spontaneous genetic changes or the expression of recessive (hidden) genes due to inbreeding. White tigers and black leopards are examples of mutations. In the past, the obvious reaction to any unusual big cat was to shoot it for the trophy room. As a result, many interesting mutations may have been wiped out before the genes were passed on. Some colour mutations which would disadvantage a wild big cat are bred in captivity for the sake of curiosity.
WHAT ARE HYBRID BIG CATS?
WHY ARE LIGERS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN TIGONS?
WHY BREED HYBRIDS? COMPLEX HYBRIDS AND BACKCROSSING. HOW NEW SPECIES ARE CREATED
EMOTIONAL & BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS IN HYBRID BIG CATS
BIG CAT/DOMESTIC CAT HYBRIDS
HYBRID MAMMALS AND BIRDS
WHITE LIONS - Mythology, History & Genetics
WHITE LIONS - In Captivity Today
SPOTTED LIONS (MAROZI)
WHITE TIGERS 1 - Historical White Tigers; The Rewa, Orissa and Amur Strains; Unknown Lineages
WHITE TIGERS 2 - Stripeless White Tigers, White Bengal/Amur Tigers in Captivity; Reintroduction into the Wild
RED, BROWN, STRIPELESS & DOUBLE-STRIPED TIGERS
BLUE, BLACK, WHITE, RED, BLOTCHED & WOOLLY CHEETAHS
BLACK, WHITE, RED AND BLOTCHED LEOPARDS
BLACK AND WHITE (GHOST) JAGUARS
BLACK, WHITE & SPOTTED PUMAS (COUGARS)
COLOUR AND PATTERN VARIATIONS: OTHER BIG CATS
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