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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Science & Research

Carolina Tiger Rescue provides a rich resource for the non-invasive study of wildcats, binturongs, and kinkajous, offering unique possibilities to the study of conservation techiniques. The goal of zoos is to have a few animals of many species, which proves difficult for research, which needs larger populations of the same animal. Carolina Tiger Rescue specializes in wildcats and has a larger population of each species: all eating a natural diet in a low stress environment. To inquire about research opportunities, contact the Curator of Animals at (919) 542-4684.

All study at Carolina Tiger Rescue is non-invasive and has a minimal impact on the animals. Current projects include:

  • Wildtrack

    Wildtrack works with volunteers from SAS to study the pugmarks (pawprints) of the tigers. The research contributes to the development of a software used to identify individual animals in the field.

  • Predator Recognition Study

    Photographs of the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue will be used in a study to explore the predator recognition abilities of human and non-human primates. These photographs will be shown to humans and lemurs to determine which predatory features are important in discriminating between predators and non-predators (for example, are the eyes of a tiger an important feature that help humans determine whether the animal is dangerous?). The study will be conducted at Duke University by Jessica Yorzinski (a graduate student from the University of California at Davis).