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The Zorse and other Hybrid Animals

Updated on September 11, 2014

Genetically similar animals can sometimes create a new offspring

We've all heard of a mule (the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse) and maybe even the hinny (the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey). The donkey and horse may have naturally bred at first to form these offspring, but what about other hybrid animals that wouldn't normally meet up with each other?

Take the Zorse (the offspring of a male zebra and a female horse). A horse and zebra don't naturally meet up together, so human involvement was necessary to introduce these two animals. The picture features Eclyse whose parents actually met at a place that had zebras and horses roaming together. See article here

Humans have created many forms of hybrid animals (cross-breds of animals with similar genetic makeup that mostly exist in captivity because of the human intervention). Most of these off-spring are sterile.

Naming a hybrid usually starts with the father (aka sire) and ends with the mother. So a Zorse is a male Zebra and a female horse. Some hybrids have their own unique name (like the mule), while others apply to both regardless of what the mother or father are.

This lens will show many of the types that exist. I find this interesting. i don't know why. It's just fascinating to see what they look like and why they were created at all.

Meet the Zebroid Family

Zebroid is the generic name for all zebra hybrids. In other words zebras crossed with any other equine (like horses and donkeys)

Zorse- offspring of a male zebra and a female horse (aka zebrula, zebrule, zebra mule or golden zebra)

Hebra- offspring of a male horse and a female zebra (much rarer than a zorse)

Zony- offspring of a zebra stallion and a pony mare. Those Zebras crossed with Shetland ponies are called Zetlands.

Zebret- offspring of a female zebra and a male donkey (aka zebrinny)

Zedonk- offspring of a male zebra and a female donkey (aka zonkey)

A Zorse can be 2 to 3 times stronger than a horse. In the 19th century the South African government actually sponsored the breeding of these to create a stronger animal for carrying goods. For more info on these click on the images below.

Zony- click image for photo owner

Zebret- click image for larger photo image source

Zedonk- click image for photo owner

Ligers and Tigons and Leopons oh my!

The Big cat family. What's interesting is that female big cat hybrids are commonly fertile, but the males are not (except sometimes the leopon). The mating of these different big cats is rare in the wild, but can happen when captive pairs live together and form a bond.

  • Liger- offspring of a male lion and a female tiger (these are the most common and well known)
  • Tigon- offspring of a male tiger and a female lion (much rarer than a Liger)
  • Leopon- offspring of a male leopard and a female lion (very rare as a female lion would rather kill the leopard than mate with him)
  • Lipard- offspring of a female leopard and a male lion (aka liard)
  • Jaglion- offspring of a male jaguar and a female lion
  • Liguar- offspring of a male lion and a female jaguar
  • Tigard- this would be offspring of a male tiger and female leopard. Attempts to breed these have resulted in still born babies
  • Dogla- this would be offspring of a male leopard and female tiger. Attempts to breed these have resulted in still born babies
  • Tiguar- the offspring of a male tiger and female jaguar. Reports say that one birth occurred in the Altiplano Zoo in Mexico.
  • Jagger- this would be offspring of a male jaguar and female tiger. Attempts to breed these have resulted in still born babies
  • Jagupard- the offspring of a male jaguar and a female leopard (aka jagulep or jagleop).
  • Leguar- the offspring of a male leopard and a female jaguar (aka lepjag)

As mentioned above a female hybrid can be fertile. There are cases when this offspring has mated and produced babies. The known ones are the Lijagulep (the offspring of a male lion and a female jagupard), Leoliguar (the offspring of a female liguar and a male leopard), Leoligulor (the offspring of that occaionaly fertile male leopon and a female lion)

Click on the images to go to the websites containing these pictures and info

Liger

Tigon

Leopon

Jaglion

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Lijagulep

Lepjag

Other Wild Cat Hybrids

Here are some other wildcat hybrid names that I found interesting.

  • Pumapard- offspring of a male puma and a female leopard or female puma and male leopard- both share the same name. Three sets of these hybrids were bred in the 1890's and early 1900's
  • Blynx- offspring of a male lynx and a female bobcat (or other way around) (aka lynxcat)
  • Ocebob- offspring of an ocelot and a bobcat (aka Bobelot)

Check out messybeast.com for other wild cat hybrids

Pumapard- click image for website photo owner

Blynx- click image for website article

Ocebob- click image for website photo owner and article

Other Fun Hybrids worth Mentioning

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Here are some other hybrid names that I found interesting.

  • Cama- offspring of a male Arabian camel and a female llama- first produced via artificial insemination in 1998 at the Camel Reproduction Centre in Dubai. They wanted the strength of a camel but the temperament and wool production of the llama.
  • Grolar- offspring of a male grizzly and a female polar bear (aka aknuk from the Inuit names) . Though usually occurring in zoos, in 2006 one was found in the wild.Check out this article for more info. If the female is the grizzly and the male is the polar bear, the term pizzy, polizzly, or nanulak is used.
  • Wolphin or Wholphin- offspring of an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale. The only known wolphin (Kekaimalu) was born in 1985 at Sea Life Park. Click here for more details. This wolphin was actually fertile and had babies.Click here and here for more details.
  • Beefalo- offspring of domestic cattle and the American Bison (aka Buffalo) There is even an American Beefalo Association

Click here for a list of Hybrid animals (scroll to the mid-section when you get there)

Cama- click image for website photo owner

Grolar- click image for more types of hybrid bears

Wolphin- click image for website photo owner and article

Beefalo- click image for website photo owner

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    • Carpenter76 profile image

      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      Nice lens. Too bad not all the photos are up, maybe that's just with me?

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is great to see hybrid animals here in this lens.

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      CassandraGordon 5 years ago

      I loved this lens :D I thought I knew a fair bit about animals but I didn't know about half of these hybrids! Thanks for writing it and thank you for your help on the forum! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is facinating. Readers might like to know that there are some children's books in a series called Mixed Up Land where all the characters are hybrid versions of cartoon type animals. They are for children aged from about three years to seven years or so.

      These books are beautifully illustrated and written in rhyme and each story delivers a powerful moral message about why positive actions and attitudes are beneficial to people and why negative actions and attitudes such as selfishness, greed,bullying, etc. damage both the perpetrator and the victim and cause problems for others.

      The books are especially suitable for kids because they all end on a positive note and the vibrant characters and illustrations seem to hold kids' interest.

      If anyone wants to see reviews of the material they can do so at the following website: www.bookschildren.info

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      Wow, I never knew these existed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some really weird animals, but fantastic lens!

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      TimotheusQ 5 years ago

      Leopons look awesome. I haven't heard of too many of these animals, but man oh man are there some crazy ones out there. Great lens!

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      DelightfulDanie 5 years ago

      This is really weird!

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      knit1tat2 5 years ago

      cool lens!

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      CodyMD 5 years ago

      crazy animals

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What a fascinating lens! Saving it to show my kids.

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      ibakir 5 years ago

      OMG really inspiring cute Zebra

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      I knew there were shennanigans at the zoo and the stable! Nicely done lens. Never knew zebras lived such exciting lives.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      didn't know these looked like this, I sure enjoyed my reading here tonight, thank you!

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      Mistl 5 years ago

      This is a really cool article. Very facinating information about hybrids. :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Some pretty wild looking hybrids! Thanks for sharing!

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      creativeinc lm 6 years ago

      Had fun reading this lens!

      Thanks for sharing

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting lens.

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Very cool. I've seen a liger before and they're enormous but the others are new to me.

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Very good lens, enjoyed looking at the photos.

      We had a wild ( billy goat + sheep) mated, called a G-eep I think, unusual looking animal.

      Long legs like a goat other wise it looked like a sheep.

      My only regret I did not get a photo of it. Thanks for sharing

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      AsianMarketplace 6 years ago

      Look interesting

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      I enjoyed reading this lens. My grandkids will love these pictures. They are the perfect beginning for a home school lesson on genetics.

      Thanks!

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Oh my I thought Its some kinda computer editing stuff. Wow that is indeed amazing! This will be such a delight to small and big kids,seeing this very interesting animals. Thank so much for sharing!

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      MusicSense 6 years ago

      wow

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      What a fun lens to browse through! I hadn't heard of most of these hybrid animals.

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      lingolux 6 years ago

      Amazing Animals

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      BunnyFabulous 6 years ago from Central Florida

      The zorse I've seen at a petting farm was really pretty; her stripes were kind of muted and blended in with brown.

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      That Zedonk is AMAZING! He looks like a donkey with zebra socks on!