Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly the Carnivore Preservation Trust, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

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Bali arrived at Carolina Tiger Rescue in November, 2010; part of a group of 3 lions and 3 tigers that were rescued when the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO), a large sanctuary in Texas, closed its doors due to funding issues. Bali had been part of a group of 24 tigers that came to WAO in November 2003 from Tigers Only Preservation Society (TOPS) in New Jersey after officials seized the tigers due to poor conditions at the facility. The owner of TOPS, Joan Marasek, had been in a six-year legal battle to keep the tigers when New Jersey refused to renew her permit to keep the animals.

Bali's story is so common to privately owned tigers. When well-intentioned persons and organizations find that circumstances change and their resources are stretched too thin; Bali and many other wildcats find themselves homeless. This is why Carolina Tiger prioritizes the care of existing animals, only accepting rescues when confident we can ensure their lifetime care.

We're so glad that we were able to take Bali.

On May 24,2014, Dr. Lassiter sedated Bali to get some blood work as he was clearly feeling run down. Blood tests were normal but his red blood cell count was very low and no new blood cells were being created (non- regenerative anemia). Between the muscle wasting and the anemia, she felt strongly that he had cancer. Dr. Lassiter and Curator Kathrn Bertok made the decision to euthanize. Necropsy revealed a mass in his abdomen around the blood supply to his intestines and masses on his heart and in and around his lungs. Dr. Lassiter felt that it was primary peritoneal cancer with metastasis to his lungs and heart.

Bali was a tiger that made you work a little harder to get to know him. He didn't like big crowds, so he lived further back in the compound. Once you made your way all the way down his road, you then had to give him a little time. Most often than not it he would be crouching down and grumbling a bit. But once he realize you were just there to visit, he would pop up and rub along the fence.

We were honored to be the final home for Bali, Java, and Titan arrived from Wild Animal Orphanage. Though many of the animals come at an advanced age, we are privileged to provide them a safe, caring home for as many years as they have left. Many of our animals enjoying amazingly long lives, but we know that they cannot stay here forever. Thank you for helping us provide them a loving place to spend their final years. ~ per Curator, Kathryn Bertok

"Jackson tigers set for new home in Texas", Allentown Examiner, 11/13/2003
"The Lady and the Tigers", The New Yorker, 02/24/2002