Madonna Tiger

Madonna Tiger

Madonna is a very fitting name for this vocal girl!  She always has something to say and alternates between “chuffling” and moaning whenever someone stops by.  She is incredibly active and athletic for a tiger her age and impresses volunteers and keepers alike with her stalking skills.  Anytime she hears someone approach, she hides and stalks them.  It is usually very hard to find her until she comes running up to the fence to say hello.  True to form, Madonna’s favorite enrichment is heavily rooted in her high prey drive.  She absolutely loves stalking volunteers as they hobble around on the enrichment crutches. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born August 17, 2005 Rescued September 18, 2014 Life StoryPicturesVideos How Madonna Came to the Sanctuary Madonna was rescued with her relative, Tears Tiger (specific relation unclear), and Tasha and Leah Tiger from a private home in Alabama in 2014. Leah and Tears Tiger have since passed. Their elderly owner had previously operated a roadside zoo, but the facility had long since closed and fallen into disrepair. Carolina Tiger Rescue was one of four rescue organizations that coordinated a joint effort to rescue and give homes to over fifteen lions, tigers, bears, and wolves housed there. Four of the tigers found a forever home here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Personality Madonna is a very fitting name for this vocal girl! She always has something to say and alters between "chuffling" and moaning whenever someone stops by. She is incredibly active and athletic for a tiger her age and impresses volunteers and keepers alike with her stalking skills. Anytime she hears someone approach, she hides and stalks them. It...
Camilla Tiger

Camilla Tiger

Camilla is a gorgeous and charismatic tiger who loves attention.  She can often be seen lying gracefully in the sun or running up to the fence to “chuffle” at visitors.  Camilla lives with Roscoe and the two of them can be found playing together in the early mornings.  They stalk and chase each other before pouncing on one another like a pair of rambunctious cubs.  Camilla also enjoys tasty “bloodsicles” (frozen blood popsicles) in the summer and tearing up boxes she is given for enrichment. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born June 26, 2009 Rescued June 26, 2012 Life StoryPictures How Camilla Came to the Sanctuary Camilla, previously called China, arrived at Carolina Tiger Rescue with Roscoe Tiger, Nakobi and Jericho Cougar, and Roman and Reina Lion on June 26, 2012. She originally came from a small zoo in New York that closed down and was then taken in by Rescue One, an Ohio sanctuary. However, Rescue One was later forced to close its doors due to financial hardship and their inability to meet new legal regulations. Ohio had toughened their laws regarding exotic pet ownership following an incident in Zanesville, Ohio in 2011. A private owner released 56 of his lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, leopards, and bears before committing suicide. Unfortunately, law enforcement was forced to shoot the animals due to concerns for public safety. The following year, Ohio banned private ownership of dangerous wild animals. Personality Camilla is a gorgeous and charismatic tiger who loves attention. She can often be seen lying gracefully in the sun and running up to the fence to "chuffle" at visitors. She loves people! Camilla lives with Roscoe...
Caprichio Tiger

Caprichio Tiger

Caprichio is the largest animal at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  He weighs 489 pounds and it is all muscle!  This big boy takes time to get used to things.  However, once he warms up to new experiences, he is as relaxed as can be.  He also loves attention from passersby. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born June 1, 2010 Rescued October 11, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Caprichio Came to the Sanctuary Caprichio was one of 16 animals that came to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home from a roadside zoo in Colorado. This facility closed down when the owner fell ill.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. Personality Despite his large size, Caprichio is a bit nervous around new experiences.  He tends to get a little anxious when he is not used to something, but, once he settles in, he loves to chuffle and show how content he is.  Caprichio loves to boss India and Carolina around and at times will roar at them, especially if there is food around. For this reason, he is fed apart from the girls.  It certainly is not his fault, though; wild tigers are solitary and it is not in his genes to share. Description Caprichio is the largest tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue currently weighing in at over 480 pounds.  We have had some overweight cats before but Caprichio is all muscle!  This big boy has a beautiful, bright orange coat and a head so large you can't miss it!  Caprichio does have a bowed back leg that is likely due to malnutrition as a cub and...
Carolina Tiger

Carolina Tiger

Carolina is a very confident tiger who enjoys greeting visitors with her moans and chuffles.  She loves the spotlight and will almost always come up to visit when people are out and about.  She also loves to sun herself on top of one of the platforms in her enclosure. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born March 4, 2010 Rescued October 11, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Carolina Came to the Sanctuary Carolina came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her enclosure-mates, Caprichio and India, along with 13 other animals from a facility in Colorado.  The owner became ill and decided to sell his land and donate his animals.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.  This is the largest rescue in Carolina Tiger Rescue's history and the largest rescue of big cats in the United States. Personality Carolina is a very social tiger who enjoys visiting with guests.  She is often the first to come up to the fence when someone walks by.  She is always good for a chuffle or tiger moan, which sounds like a cow mooing.  Between her and India, Carolina is the more dominant tiger.  She always makes sure that India knows that she is the first to eat and the first to enjoy enrichment by giving her a growl or two. Description Carolina has a much lighter coat than her enclosure-mates, India and Caprichio.  Her stripes are also much lighter and she has a lot of fluff, or ruff, around her face. Where in Sanctuary Carolina lives with her enclosure-mates, Caprichio and India Tiger on Oak Hill. They live on tour...
India Tiger

India Tiger

India is a gorgeous tiger with darker fur and darker markings.  She is a little less confident than her enclosure-mates and definitely the least dominant of the three.  She loves to stalk people, which is a great reminder that she is still a wild cat!  Once she knows you have seen her, however, she turns into a chuffle machine! [/et_pb_sidebar] Born June 1, 2010 Rescued October 12, 2016 Life StoryPictures How India Came to the Sanctuary India came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her enclosure-mates, Caprichio and Carolina, along with 13 other animals from a facility in Colorado. This facility was closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. Personality India is a reserved tiger who can be quite stoic at times. Even when you think she is not paying attention, you can bet she is observing every move you make. India loves to talk to people she knows and will do so with chuffles and moans that sound like cow moos. India often opts to let Carolina take the lead and check out enrichment first, but when it is her time, India acts like a big cub and enjoys destroying everything she gets! Description India has a beautiful, dark orange coat that helps her stand apart from her enclosure-mates. Along with her dark coat, she has jet black stripes that are striking. She even has a couple stripes on the right side of her face that look like a heart! India has a petite body, but one that packs a lot of punch!...
Mila Tiger

Mila Tiger

Mila and her enclosure mate, Riley, are currently the youngest tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue. They are extremely playful and have lots of energy!  Mila stands apart from Riley because of her heart shaped pink nose.  She loves attention and is very social.  She is quick to come up to the fence for chuffles.  Mila loves to roll around in straw and take in the scents of the other animals around the sanctuary.  Though they are very similar, Mila is more submissive but is always the first to explore and destroy new enrichment. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born November 1, 2014 Rescued December 11, 2016 Life StoryPicturesVideos How Mila Came to the Sanctuary Mila and her enclosure-mate Riley came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from a facility that closed down in the fall of 2016. The owner decided to sell his land and donate his animals when he became ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. This is the largest rescue to date for Carolina Tiger Rescue and the largest rescue of big cats in the United States. Personality Mila is a very silly tiger with a fantastic and playful personality. She loves to roll around and rub on whatever she can find. Mila is not particularly food-motivated; she seems to prefer enrichment, especially pumpkins and Christmas trees! Description Mila is a bit shorter and heavier than her sister Riley. She has lots of small, thin stripes that cover her body. Mila's left eye is a bit more squinted than her right which is due to a hereditary issue that caused her to be...

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

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

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-4684 (919) 542-4454 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

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  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

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Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary.

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Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching "kids" of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our "Kid for a Day" Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

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