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.

HYBRID FELIDS

What are Hybrid Big Cats?
Why are Ligers Bigger than Tigons?
Why Breed Hybrids? Complex Hybrids. Backcrossing. Creating New Species.
Emotional & Behaviour Problems in Hybrids
Big Cat/Domestic Cat Hybrids

Hagenbeck's Hybrids
Naming Convention For Hybrids
About Hybrids, Chimeras & Haldane's Rule

Hybrids between Tiger Subspecies
Hybrids Between Lion Subspecies
Hybridisation in South American Wildcats
Wild Cat X Domestic Cat Hybrids

HYBRID MAMMALS AND BIRDS

Historical Texts About Hybrids - Cuvier, Darwin & Other Early Naturalists

Hybrid Bears
Hybrid Bovines
Hybrid Camels
Hybrid Canines
Hybrid Deer and Antelope

Hybrid Elephants, Rhinos & Tapirs
Hybrid Equines
Hybrid Fowl & Poultry
Hybrid Marine Mammals
Hybrid Marsupials

Hybrid Primates
Hybrid Rodents & Lagomorphs
Hybrid Sheep & Goats
Hybrid Swine & Babirusa
Hybrid Viverrids & Mustelids

MUTANT FELIDS

White Lions - Mythology, History & Genetics
White Lions in Captivity Today
Black Lions
Spotted Lions & Marozi
Maneless Lions
White Tigers - History & Various Lineages
White Tigers - Stripeless White Tigers, Captive White Tigers
Golden Tigers (Golden Tabby Tigers)
White and Golden Tiger Genealogies from Mohan to Modern Day
White and Golden Tiger Genetics (Deduced from Genealogies)
Inbreeding Depression in White and Golden Tigers
Black Tigers
Blue Tigers
Red, Brown, Stripeless & Double-Striped Tigers
Blue, Black, White, Red, Blotches & Woolly Cheetahs
Black, White, Red & Blotched Leopards
Black & White (Ghost) Jaguars
Black, White & Spotted Pumas (Cougars)
Colour & Pattern Variations in Other Big Cats

Genetic Terms for Colour Mutations

Anomalous Felids & Mystery Wild Cats

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