Beausoleil Cougar

Home»Species» Beausoleil, “Beau” for short, is now our youngest cougar.  He was rescued at about 6 months of age from Washington state.  He is wild-born and is still getting used to living around humans.  He is slowly warming up to his caretakers, but we are excited to see little bits of his personality starting to shine! Born July 17, 2018 Rescued January 17, 2019 Life StoryPictures How Beausoleil Came to the Sanctuary Beausoleil, or "Beau", came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in January of 2019. Beau was wild-born in the state of Washington. He was seen in a family's backyard a few times without his mother and when Wildlife Services came out, they trapped him and decided to relocate him to a sanctuary. In the state of Washington, any apex predator that is captured has to be relocated outside of the state within 24 hours or they are euthanized. Carolina Tiger Rescue was contacted by one of our sister sanctuaries, Wildcat Rescue in Minnesota, who has worked with the state of Washington before to re-home orphaned cougars. We coordinated with them to get Beau flown to Minnesota where he was picked up by a Wildcat Rescue volunteer and driven to Indianapolis. There, they met members of our team to bring Beau the rest of the way to his new home. Personality Beau is very hesitant about his new surroundings. He watches inquisitively and safely from his den box as the keepers clean his enclosure. He grumbles a lot and hisses if anyone gets too close to remind them that he is wild and does not want to be approached. As he...

Baxter Kinkajou

Home»Species» Baxter came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in June of 2018. He was a privately owned pet in Asheville, North Carolina. Baxter is Carolina Tiger Rescue’s smallest kinkajou weighing in at six pounds! Baxter is settling into his new home at the rescue without much fuss. He recently moved next door to Wednesday Kinkajou in one of the new kinkajou houses. He has enjoyed exploring his new indoor enclosure and is getting used to the sights and sounds of the other residents here. Born January 15, 2011 Rescued June 1, 2018 Life StoryPictures How Baxter Came to the Sanctuary Baxter came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in June of 2018. He was a privately owned pet surrendered by his owners when he became too much to handle. The couple lived in Asheville, North Carolina and had acquired Baxter when he was just 8 weeks old from a breeder. Once Baxter reached sexual maturity around 6 years old, he became extremely aggressive. His owners made the brave and best decision for him, to re-home him at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Personality Baxter is an energetic kinkajou who settles into new surroundings fairly seamlessly. He enjoys exploring his outdoor enclosure, running around on his platforms, and tearing up enrichment. Description Baxter is Carolina Tiger Rescue's smallest kinkajou, weighing 6 pounds. He has medium-brown fur and low-set ears that stick out. Where in Sanctuary Baxter lives off tour next to Wednesday Kinkajou in one of the new kinkajou houses in Elm Grove. It is better for the kinkajous to be indoors in the cooler months because they are unable to regulate their body temperature in cold...

Kaari Tiger

Home»Species» Kaari came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in April of 2018.  Her name when she first arrived was Yakira.  Carolina Tiger Rescue decided to shorten it to Kaari to prevent confusion between her and the two girls she came with, who were named Yashira (now Shira) and Yanaba.  When Kaari first arrived, she was hesitant and apprehensive about her new surroundings but has settled in beautifully and is now enjoying her new home.  Kaari has enjoyed tearing into her enrichment boxes! Born April 6, 2007 Rescued April 6, 2018 Life StoryPictures How Kaari Came to the Sanctuary Kaari was rescued along with three other tigers, Yanaba, Shira, and Tio, 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. Personality Kaari is a fairly laid-back tiger who tends to keep to herself. She does not mind spending time with Shira Tiger but is also content to be on her own. She loves her pool and is extremely food-motivated. Description Kaari stands out among the three girls with her wider face and sleek coat. Her nose is wider and longer and her coat is lighter than the other two and sleeker than Shira’s. Where in Sanctuary Kaari Tiger lives with Yanaba Tiger on Pine Forest. She lives next to Fenimore and Emerson Tigers and away from the tour path. Kaari prefers the quiet life away from the hustle and bustle of the tour path. Rescues with Little Information The four tigers, Shira, Yanaba, Kaari, and Tio, who came from the southwestern...

Yanaba Tiger

Home»Species» Yanaba is a tiger with an aggressive personality who prefers to be on her own.  She was rescued along with three other tigers in April of 2018.  Yanaba is food-motivated and enjoys hanging out on top of her den box to survey her surroundings. Born April 6, 2007 Rescued April 6, 2018 Life StoryPictures How Yanaba Came to the Sanctuary Yanaba was rescued along with three other tigers, Kaari, Shira, and Tio, 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 Yanaba is very set in her ways. She prefers to live alone and not be bothered by anyone or anything unless they have food for her. When Yanaba first came to Carolina Tiger Rescue, she was living with Shira Tiger, but since she is unable to get along with her anymore, the two have been separated. Yanaba, being the tiger she is, prefers to live the solitary life. Description Yanaba barely has any ruff around her face. Her whiskers on the left side of her face are crimped. She also has perfectly round ears without any nicks or notches. Yanaba has a sleek dark coat. Where in Sanctuary Yanaba Tiger lives in Pine Forest. Yanaba's enclosure is sandwiched between Fenimore and Emerson Tigers' enclosure and Madonna Tiger's enclosure. She is away from the tour path, just the way she likes it. Rescues with Little Information The four tigers, Shira, Yanaba, Kaari, and Tio, who came from the southwestern part of...

Shira Tiger

Home»Species» 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. 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,...

Tio Tiger

Home»Species» 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. Born February 1, 2002 Rescued April 6, 2018 Life StoryPictures 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...