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America's First Liligers To Go On Exhibit

Wynnewood, OK - (PR Buzz) -- April 4th, 2014

This weekend The GW Zoo presents the first ever Liligers born in the U.S. Doors open at 9am, the zoo will close at 7pm. Cost is $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids.

For years G.W. Zoo's Entertainment Director, Joe Exotic, has been working on breeding the Liligers, a hybrid of a lion and a tiger. One morning a male lion and a female liger finally gave birth to 3 extraordinary, healthy female ligers named Misty, Lefty and Itsy.

“This is how a new species evolves, even in the wild.” Exotic said. “There isn’t enough room even in the wild for them to do this, so a captive breeding program is the only way to introduce a new species into the world.”

Joe Exotic has also been working with researchers at Texas A&M University on the project. They are exploring this new species with care to make sure it is a healthy, robust animal.

The first known hybrid, a female liliger named Kiara, was born at the Novosibirsk Zoo in Russia, in September 2012. Kiara was born to 8-year-old female liger Zita and male African lion Samson. Tomorrow Oklahoma residents will be able to see the first iligers born and bred in the U.S.

Festivities will include a 30 minute magic show at 11:30am. Joe Exotic will give a personal tour of the park at 2:30pm. The G.W. Zoo is located at 25803 NCR 3250, Wynnewood OK 73098. From I-35 take exit 64 south of OKC.

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