Can You Name the Parents of These Exotic Hybrid Animals?

How much do you know about animal hybrids?

Introduction

The ancient Greeks imagined all kind of mysterious beings and mythological creatures. Some were half-human and half-animal, like centaurs or the Minotaur. Others were crosses between various non-human animals, like the Pegasus. These mythical creatures may not actually exist, but real-life animal hybrids do! These animals combine the traits of different species, and they are more common than most people realize. (If you’ve seen the movie Napoleon Dynamite, you’ll have heard of the liger, bred for its skills in magic.)

Hybrids can occur either naturally or through human influence. Sometimes hybrids will be fertile; other times, significant differences in the number and structure of chromosomes will leave the hybrid sterile. Hybrids can sometimes have more exaggerated features or traits than either parent, due to what is known as hybrid vigor. This means that a hybrid can be larger, for example, than either of its parents.

Whether naturally occurring or human-bred, these combo critters are truly fascinating creatures. So, how much do you know about them? Take our quiz and see how well you can guess what species make up these exotic hybrid animals!

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The ancient Greeks imagined all kind of mysterious beings and mythological creatures. Some were half-human and half-animal, like centaurs or the Minotaur. Others were crosses between various non-human animals, like the Pegasus. These mythical creatures may not actually exist, but real-life animal hybrids do! These animals combine the traits of different species, and they are more common than most people realize. (If you’ve seen the movie Napoleon Dynamite, you’ll have heard of the liger, bred for its skills in magic.)

Hybrids can occur either naturally or through human influence. Sometimes hybrids will be fertile; other times, significant differences in the number and structure of chromosomes will leave the hybrid sterile. Hybrids can sometimes have more exaggerated features or traits than either parent, due to what is known as hybrid vigor. This means that a hybrid can be larger, for example, than either of its parents.

Whether naturally occurring or human-bred, these combo critters are truly fascinating creatures. So, how much do you know about them? Take our quiz and see how well you can guess what species make up these exotic hybrid animals!

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See how well you can guess what two (or more) species make up these exotic hybrid animals.


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1. What is this animal a cross between?


1. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Polar bear and panda

2. Grizzly bear and polar bear

3. Grizzly bear and panda

4. Gobi bear and polar bear

A grolar bear (which is also called a pizzly, a polizzly, or a nanulak) is a hybrid of a grizzly bear and a polar bear. The grolar bear can be found both in captivity and in the wild.



2. The Iron Age pig is a cross between which two animals?


2. The Iron Age pig is a cross between which two animals?

1. Wild hog and domestic pig

2. Wild hog and wild boar

3. Two domestic pigs

4. Wild boar and domestic pig

The Iron Age pig is a cross between a wild boar and a domestic pig. This hybrid was made to recreate the pig depicted in art made during the Iron Age in ancient Europe.



3. The Bengal cat is a hybrid of which two species?


3. The Bengal cat is a hybrid of which two species?

1. Birman and domestic cat

2. Asian leopard cat and Birman

3. Domestic cat and Asian leopard cat

4. Cheetoh cat and domestic cat

The Bengal cat looks like an exotic jungle cat like the leopard, ocelot, or margay. It was produced from the mating of an Asian leopard cat and a domestic cat. The goal of this mating was to develop a confident, healthy, friendly cat with a high-contrast marked coat.



4. The Kellas cat is a cross between which two species?


4. The Kellas cat is a cross between which two species?

1. Scottish wildcat and domestic cat

2. Two domestic cats

3. Donskoy cat and Scottish wildcat

4. Donskoy cat and domestic cat

The Kellas cat is a small black feline from Scotland, being a hybrid between the Scottish wildcat and the domestic cat. Once thought to be a mythological wild cat, it was named after the village of Kellas, Moray, where the cat was discovered.



5. What is this animal a cross between?


5. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Puma and leopard

2. Panther and leopard

3. Cheetah and puma

4. Cheetah and leopard

A pumapard is a hybrid of a puma and a leopard. (Say “pumapard” five times fast.) Pumapards are often born with a form of dwarfism; they only grow to be half the size of their parents. They are also characterized by short legs, a long body, and a tawny, sandy brown, spotted coat.



6. The Savannah cat is a cross between which two species?


6. The Savannah cat is a cross between which two species?

1. Serval and domestic cat

2. Serval and Bengal cat

3. Bengal cat and domestic cat

4. Serval and Highlander cat

Being a cross between a domestic cat and a serval, the Savannah cat is a medium-sized wild African cat. Its most distinctive trait is its large ear size. The breed became popular in the 1990s.



7. This animal is a cross between which two species?


7. This animal is a cross between which two species?

1. Lion and cheetah

2. Leopard and cheetah

3. Leopard and lioness

4. Tiger and cheetah

The leopon is the product of a male leopard mating with a lioness. Its head is lion-like, but its body is akin to a leopard's. Leopons are bred and live in captivity.



8. What is this animal a cross between?


8. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Male tiger and female lion

2. Male leopard and female tiger

3. Male tiger and female leopard

4. Male lion and female tiger

The liger is a hybrid of a male lion and a female tiger. They are known to grow larger than their parents! They also love swimming and socializing.



9. A lijagulep is a cross between which two species?


9. A lijagulep is a cross between which two species?

1. Male lion and female jaguar-leopard

2. Male lion and female cheetah

3. Male cheetah and female lion

4. Male jaguar and female lion

A Congolese spotted lion, also known as lijagulep, is a hybrid born from a male lion and female jaguar-leopard (also called a jagulep). It was presumably given its name to attract the public, since people are attracted to the idea of exotic hybrids.



10. The zebroid is a hybrid of which two species?


10. The zebroid is a hybrid of which two species?

1. Zebra and any other equine

2. Zebra and horse

3. Zebra and donkey

4. None of these

A zebroid (also known as a zedonk, a zorse, or a zonkey) is the offspring of a zebra and any other equine. People have bred these animals since the 19th century.



11. A dzo is a cross between which two species?


11. A dzo is a cross between which two species?

1. Yak and bison

2. Bison and domestic cow

3. Yak and domestic cow

4. None of these

A dzo is a cross between a yak and a domestic cow. The word "dzo" can also be spelled "zo," "zho," or "dzho." Fun fact: dzo refers specifically to a male hybrid. A female dzo is called a dzomo or a zhom.



12. A zubron is a hybrid of which two species?


12. A zubron is a hybrid of which two species?

1. Yak and European bison

2. Domestic cow and wisent (European bison)

3. Two wisents (European bison)

4. None of these

The zubron is a hybrid of a domestic cow and a wisent (a European bison). Being chosen from hundreds of name proposals, zubron was adopted in 1969.



13. What is this animal a cross between?


13. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Ram and goat

2. Ram and sheep

3. Sheep and goat

4. None of these

The geep is the hybrid offspring of a sheep and a goat. Even if sheep and goats seem similar, there are some important differences between them; the rarity of the geep proves this.



14. A hinny is a cross between which two species?


14. A hinny is a cross between which two species?

1. Male horse and female donkey

2. Male donkey and female horse

3. Male donkey and female pony

4. Male horse and female pony

The hinny is a hybrid between a male horse and a female donkey. Why the name hinny? Well, a female donkey is called a jenny. Horse + jenny = hinny!



15. What is this animal a cross between?


15. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Male lion and female tiger

2. Male tiger and female cheetah

3. Male tiger and female lion

4. Male lion and female cheetah

A tigon, or tiglon, is a hybrid cross between a male tiger and a female lion. Tigons can have both spots and stripes. They are the reverse of ligers when it comes to their parents' species and gender.



16. This animal is a hybrid of what?


16. This animal is a hybrid of what?

1. Male donkey and female horse

2. Male horse and female donkey

3. Male horse and female pony

4. Male donkey and female pony

A mule is the cross between a male donkey (a jack) and a female horse (a mare); they are the more common reverse of a hinny. Compared to donkeys, mules are more patient and more intelligent.



17. What is this animal a cross between?


17. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Coyote and wolf

2. Dog and wolf

3. Jackal and coyote

4. Coyote and dog

A coydog, also called a dogote, is a hybrid of a coyote and a dog. They can rarely be found in the wild because coyotes' and dogs' mating cycles typically do not coincide.



18. What is this animal a cross between?


18. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Domestic dog and gray wolf

2. Domestic dog and eastern timber wolf

3. Domestic dog and red wolf

4. All of these

A wolfdog is a hybrid that results from the mating of a domestic dog and a wolf. Today, most wolfdogs are several generations removed from the original hybridization.



19. A marozi is a combination of which two species?


19. A marozi is a combination of which two species?

1. Leopard and tiger

2. Leopard and lion

3. Lion and cheetah

4. Cheetah and leopard

The marozi, also known as the spotted lion, is a rare hybrid of a leopard and a lion. It is larger than a leopard but smaller than a lion.



20. What is this animal a cross between?


20. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Male jaguar and female cheetah

2. Male jaguar and female lion

3. Male cheetah and female jaguar

4. Male lion and female jaguar

A jaglion is the cross between a male jaguar and a lioness. Its base color is brown, and it has the spots of the jaguar.



21. What is this animal a cross between?


21. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Domestic cow and yak

2. Domestic cow and an American bison

3. Yak and American bison

4. None of these

A beefalo (yes, that's its actual name) is a cross between a domestic cow and an American bison. The breed was created in order to combine the characteristics of both animals for beef production.



22. Which two species make up this animal?


22. Which two species make up this animal?

1. Coyote and red wolf

2. Coyote and jackal

3. Coyote and eastern timber wolf

4. Coyote and gray wolf

The coywolf is a hybrid between a coyote and a gray wolf. Coywolves grow to be larger than coyotes but smaller than wolves.



23. What is this animal a cross between?


23. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Striped polecat and ferret

2. European polecat and ferret

3. Steppe polecat and ferret

4. None of these

A polecat-ferret hybrid is, as you may guess, a cross between a European polecat and a ferret. They have better eyesight and better physical capabilities than both of their parents.



24. This hybrid animal is a cross between which two species?


24. This hybrid animal is a cross between which two species?

1. European polecat and European mink

2. Striped polecat and European mink

3. Steppe polecat and European mink

4. Marbled polecat and European mink

A polecat-mink is a hybrid between the European polecat and European mink. You can rarely find them in the wild, and they only occur because the European mink population is in decline.



25. What is this animal a cross between?


25. What is this animal a cross between?

1. Male serval and female caracal

2. Domestic cat and serval

3. Male caracal and female serval

4. Domestic cat and caracal

The caraval is a cross between a male caracal and a female serval. They are usually bred for pet markets. They have dark fur with spots like servals do.



26. A chausie is a cross between which two species?


26. A chausie is a cross between which two species?

1. Birman cat and Jungle cat

2. Jungle cat and domestic cat

3. Donskoy cat and Jungle cat

4. Scottish wildcat and domestic cat

The Chausie is a cross between a jungle cat and a domestic cat. It is as outgoing and people-oriented as any domestic cat!



27. What makes up the Highlander hybrid?


27. What makes up the Highlander hybrid?

1. Desert Lynx and Savannah cat

2. Bengal cat and Desert Lynx

3. Desert Lynx and Jungle Curl cat

4. Savannah cat and Desert Lynx

The Highlander, also called the Highland Lynx, is a cross between a Desert Lynx and a Jungle Curl cat. These cats have solid muscle and love to be the center of attention. Despite being called a lynx, Highlanders are entirely domesticated.



28. A Serengeti cat is the product of which two species?


28. A Serengeti cat is the product of which two species?

1. Bengal cat and Donskoy cat

2. Savannah cat and Oriental Shorthair cat

3. Bengal cat and Tonkinese cat

4. Bengal cat and Oriental Shorthair cat

The Serengeti is a cross between a Bengal cat and an Oriental Shorthair cat. They have spots, long legs, a long neck, and large, round-tipped ears.



29. A Wholphin is a cross between which two species?


29. A Wholphin is a cross between which two species?

1. Male bottlenose dolphin and female false killer whale

2. Female bottlenose dolphin and male false killer whale

3. Female spotted dolphin and male false killer whale

4. None of these

A wholphin is the cross between a female bottlenose dolphin and a male false killer whale. Being a rare hybrid, there are currently only two known to be in captivity. Both are at Sea Life Park in Hawaii.



30. What is the mulard a hybrid of?


30. What is the mulard a hybrid of?

1. Pekin duck and Eider duck

2. Pekin duck and Muscovy duck

3. Pekin duck and Mandarin duck

4. Pekin duck and Rouen duck

The mulard is a hybrid of the Pekin and Muscovy duck breeds. The mulard is produced for food purposes; it has a big breast and strong legs, making it a favorite of chefs and home cooks.




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