What is a leopon?

Photos: Koshien Zoo. I have taken the liberty in publishing these photos here under fair use for educational purposes. If you click on the image you’ll be taken to a larger version.

The leopon is a male leopard to female lioness hybrid. They have been created at zoos but hardly every in the wild. There is one recording of it happening in the wild and the Japanese breeding program was a struggle and produced several sterile offspring.