Riley Tiger

Riley Tiger

Riley and her enclosure mate, Mila, are currently the youngest tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Riley really enjoys enrichment, especially if it means tearing up boxes.  Riley tends to be a bit more dominant than Mila, and will at times push Mila out of the way to get more attention.  She loved her old neighbor, Max Tiger, and they could often be found chuffling back and forth to one another. Max passed in January 2019. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born November 1, 2014 Rescued December 11, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Riley Came to the Sanctuary Riley came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her sister, Mila, and 14 other animals from a facility in Colorado. 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 in Carolina Tiger Rescue's history and the largest rescue of big cats in the United States. Personality Riley is a very confident, personable tiger who LOVES attention. She is full of chuffles and has a lot to say! Like her sister, Mila, Riley loves enrichment, especially extracts and scents. Description Riley is a bit slimmer and taller than her sister Mila. She looks like she is always squinting which is due to being born without eyelids and the resulting surgery to fix it. This does not seem to have any effect on her eyesight or health. Riley also has several notches in each ear. Where in Sanctuary Riley lives off tour with her enclosure-mate Mila in Pine Forest. Mila and Riley live up...
Roscoe Tiger

Roscoe Tiger

Roscoe is a handsome tiger and one you would expect to see stalking through the forests of Southwest Asia.  He has a deep orange coat with bright black stripes.  This dapper fellow is very anxious and requires a very quiet enclosure away from the tour path.  Roscoe loves the attention from the keepers, staff members, and a few volunteers, but this introvert enjoys a more quiet life than some of our other residents.  Roscoe often looks to his enclosure-mate, Camilla, for reassurance when he gets a bit nervous.  When he is feeling his best, Roscoe loves rolling in his mud pit and chasing the vultures away. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born June 26, 2009 Rescued June 26, 2012 Life StoryPictures How Roscoe Came to the Sanctuary Roscoe arrived at Carolina Tiger Rescue with Camilla Tiger, Roman and Reina Lion, and Nakobi and Jericho Cougar on June 26, 2012. He originally came from a private breeder in Michigan and was the last cub in the litter. The owner intended to get rid of him, but the Ohio sanctuary Rescue One stepped in and gave him a home. However, Rescue One was later forced to close its doors due to financial hardship and an inability to meet new legal regulations. Ohio toughened their laws regarding exotic pet ownership following a 2011 incident in Zanesville, Ohio. A private owner had released 56 of his lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, leopards, and bears before committing suicide. Unfortunately, law enforcement was forced to lethally dispatch the 49 animals that had escaped due to concerns for public safety. The following year, Ohio banned private ownership of dangerous wild animals and increased safety...
Saber Tiger

Saber Tiger

Saber Tiger [/et_pb_sidebar] [breadcrumb] Saber is a great example of how beautiful white tigers can be but also how detrimental the inbreeding that produces them can be, as it causes harmful birth defects in the tigers.  Due to inbreeding, Saber is cross-eyed, which limits his sight.  Saber seems to always be happy; he enjoys getting enrichment and lounging.  Saber especially loves water!  He is always playing in his water dish and loves his pool in the warmer months! Born October 12, 2010 Rescued October 12, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Saber Came to the Sanctuary Saber came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with fifteen other animals from a facility out 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 in just over three months. Personality Saber is a very personable and silly tiger who does not seem to have a care in the world. He is very playful. He is not always eager to come up and visit tours but he does not hide from them either. He likes to do things on his own time. Description Saber certainly sticks out because he is white. He has dark stripes and strikingly blue eyes, with which all white tigers are born. Although, his are noticeably crossed. When Saber yawns or opens his mouth, it is also obvious that his teeth were filed down to the gum line, which is a common practice in cub petting. Where in Sanctuary Saber lives in Pine Forest with Shira Tiger. They are on tour down the path from...
Shira Tiger

Shira Tiger

Shira is a playful tiger.  She was rescued along with three other tigers, Tio, Yanaba, and Kaari, in April of 2018.  Shira has enjoyed all the new experiences at Carolina Tiger Rescue and typically just goes with the flow. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born September 3, 2007 Rescued April 6, 2018 Life StoryPictures How Shira Came to the Sanctuary Shira was rescued along with three other tigers, Kaari, Yanaba, and Tio, from a facility in the southwestern part of the United States in April 2018. Due to limited details and the ongoing situation, not much else is known about where the four tigers came from. Her name when she first arrived was Yashira. Carolina Tiger Rescue decided to shorten it to Shira to prevent confusion between her and the two girls she came with, who were named Yakira (then changed to Kaari) and Yanaba. Kaari passed away in February 2019. Personality Despite her age, Shira is quite playful. She enjoys running around and exploring her enclosure. She loves new enrichment and basking in her pool. Shira is very food-motivated and is settling into her new life here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. She loves to stalk up at the fence or from far away. She will most likely be at the fence to greet you or stalk you. She used to live with Kaari and Yanaba and was sometimes too playful with Kaari. Kaari would tell her right away how she felt about that. Shira loves to be sneaky and hide behind platforms, trees, and even water dishes. She is very curious and is the first one to check things out. When Shira got her first pool,...
Tasha Tiger

Tasha Tiger

When Tasha first came to Carolina Tiger Rescue, she was very anxious.  She was given an enclosure at the back of the sanctuary that allowed her to adjust to her new surroundings in a quiet place.  Tasha became very affectionate toward the keepers and would eagerly approach the fence to “chuffle” and rub her face against it.  Tasha learned, at her own pace, to trust volunteers and small numbers of visitors.  Eventually, Tasha was given a chance to go on tour and did so well that she is now an on tour tiger! Animal care staff works with Tasha through a training program called operant conditioning to help her progress.  This type of training will continue to help her feel more confident and relaxed over time.  Tasha enjoys her training sessions and is a very quick learner. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born October 23, 2008 Rescued October 24, 2014 Life StoryPictures How Tasha Came to the Sanctuary In 2014, Carolina Tiger Rescue was one of four rescue organizations that coordinated a joint rescue effort and helped give homes to the over fifteen lions, tigers, bears, and wolves housed in a private home in Alabama. Carolina Tiger Rescue took in Madonna and Tears Tiger in August. Unfortunately, three animals had to be left behind - two tigers and a grizzly bear. The previous owner was reluctant to relinquish the last of her animals and, while we tried desperately to place them, no reputable facility in the United States had any room. We began to build additional enclosures in the hopes that we might be able to provide them a home once they were complete. About a...
Tio Tiger

Tio Tiger

Tio is an easygoing tiger.  Sometimes, he even lets the vultures eat with him!  Tio embraced his new home from the moment he stepped foot into his outdoor enclosure, bounding out and playfully running around.  Tio enjoys stalking those who work closest to him, but visitors can get to know this social cat, too!  He will often come up to greet tour guests.  If not, he can be easily seen lounging in his favorite shady area toward the middle of his enclosure.  Tio enjoys tearing up enrichment and relaxing in his pool during the summer. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born February 1, 2002 Rescued April 6, 2018 Life StoryPicturesVideos How Tio Came to the Sanctuary Tio was rescued along with three other tigers, Kaari, Shira, and Yanaba, from a facility in the southwestern part of the United States. Due to limited details and the ongoing situation, not much else is known about where the four tigers came from. Kaari passed away in February 2019. Personality Tio is an extremely laid-back tiger who does not seem phased by much. Even in quarantine, he just went with the flow. When we released him into his new outdoor enclosure, he came bounding out and immediately explored his new home and marked his territory. Tio is on the tour path and will often come up to greet tours. He also enjoys hanging out in his pool or in the shade at the back of his enclosure. Description Tio is a petite male tiger. He has a large head and dark fur. At some point before Tio was rescued, he was declawed on all four paws. Because the tips...

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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