Mary Stewart Caracal

Mary Stewart Caracal

Home»Species»Caracals» 2013-03-22 Mary Stewart (44)2011-05-11 Mary Stewart (10)2011-01-30 Mary Stewart (21)2010-12-28 Mary Stewart (64)2004-02-08 Mary Stewart (2)2004-02-07 Mary Stewart (10)2007-02 Mary Stewart (2)2011-05-11 Mary Stewart (11)2013-05-08 Mary Stewart (38)2013-03-22 Mary Stewart (41)2013-05-08 Mary Stewart (38) Born April 23, 1999 Born at Carolina Tiger Rescue Passed away August 21, 2017 Mary Stewart’s Story Mary Stewart was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our former breeding program. Mary Stewart was a very spirited caracal who loved to stalk guests and volunteers while hiding in the tall grass at the front of her enclosure, illustrating how stealthy caracals can be. Mary Stewart had a very sweet, almost doll-like, face and a tawny-colored coat that lulled you into a false belief that she is cute and cuddly but she, like any caracal, was a fierce predator and not an animal to take lightly. Mary Stewart’s Passing August 21, 2017 With a heavy heart we write to you today.  This past weekend, Mary Stewart Caracal showed less interest in her food and she appeared dehydrated.  The Keepers gave her fluids in the hopes that she had just gotten a little dehydrated, especially given her age and the heat. Unfortunately she did not rebound as we had hoped. We took her to Dr. Lassiter for a physical and blood work. Sadly, her blood work showed that she was suffering the effects of advanced kidney disease and she had kidney failure. Given the severity of the disease, we made the decision to euthanize.  Though her tail was short, Mary Stewart was never short on personality.  Her sassy demeanor made her a joy to visit....

Zari Caracal

Home»Species»Caracals» Zari can be a very shy caracal who sometimes takes some time to come up and visit guests.  Although she is not as talkative as Kitwana, she still has a lot to say.  As she has grown more comfortable to her new home at Carolina Tiger Rescue she is starting to really come out of her shell! Born April 29, 2008 Rescued October 4, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Zari Came to the Sanctuary Zari came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her enclosure mate Kitwana along with 14 other animals from a facility out in west.  The owner decided to sell his land and donate his animals when he became ill.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. This is the largest rescue to date in Carolina Tiger Rescue's history and the largest rescue of big cats in the United States. Personality Zari can sometimes take awhile to warm up to new people, and other times she is out and up at the fence ready to greet them.  She is a feisty caracal who loves to quarrel with her brother Kitwana.  Zari is enjoying her new home and runs around from shift to shift without a care in the world.  Description Zari is the smaller of the two caracals that came from out west.  She has ear tufts that stand up straight on the tops of her ears and has a darker coat than her enclosure mate Kitwana. Where in Sanctuary Zari and her enclosure mate Kitwana live on the tour path across from Sheba and Sebastian Lions. They live...

Kitwana Caracal

Home»Species»Caracals» Kitwana is a very social caracal who enjoys coming up to see who is visiting him.  He is quite the talker as well.  He is darker than Carolina Tiger Rescue’s other caracals. Born April 29, 2008 Rescued October 4, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Kitwana Came to the Sanctuary Kitwana came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with his enclosure mates Zari and 4 other animals from a facility out in west.  This facility was closed down due when the owner fell ill.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.  Personality Kitwana is a very social caracal who loves to come up and greet guests.  He can also be quite the talker.  Kitwana loves to chirp and purr for guests.  Kitwana loves enrichment and enjoys spending time on his platforms. Description Kitwana is a show stopper.  He has a gorgeous tawny coat and ear tufts that are a bit longer than Zari’s but still stand up straight. Where in Sanctuary Kitwana and his enclosure mate Zari live on the tour path across from Sheba and Sebastian Lions. They live next to Simon Serval. Habitat Loss Caracals, like Zari, are very adaptable cats, however the biggest problem they are facing in the wild is habitat destruction.  Habitat loss is the number one reason the caracal population is declining.  Habitat loss is directly due to the growth of the human population, urban sprawling and the need for more agricultural farms that require vast amounts of land. It is not only the caracal that is affected by habitat loss, but also its prey.  Many migratory species...

Electra Caracal

Home»Species»Caracals» Electra was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our former breeding program. Electra is a small, lean caracal who packs a lot of attitude into her tiny body. She enjoys being part of the tour and living next to Aria Tiger. If she is not stalking you through the grass in her enclosure, Electra may be taking a break high up on one of her platforms, but she is still keeping a close eye on what is going on. Born August 8, 2000 Life StoryPictures How Electra Came to the Sanctuary Electra was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of the former breeding program. Carolina Tiger Rescue started in the late 1970’s as Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT).  Our goal back then was to breed keystone species, such as caracals, to one day release them back into their natural habitats when it was safe to do so. When other AZA accredited facilities began breeding in accordance with the Species Survival Plan, CPT turned its focus to rescuing. Those animals who were born here will live out their lives at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Personality Electra is much more shy than our other two caracals, preferring to stay away when the tours come by. She enjoys patrolling her territory to ensure no one gets too close to the border. Electra is very feisty and will hiss at volunteers and keepers alike, reminding everyone that she is a wild animal and not to be messed with. Description Electra is a petite caracal with tufts of hair on the top of her ears that stick straight up. She weighs around 20 pounds. Female...

Bandit Caracal

Home»Species»Caracals» Bandit was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our former breeding program.  Bandit is often the first cat on tour that guests see; he enjoys sneaking up beside his den box through the tall grass, often seeing the tour guests long before they see him. Bandit, like his wild cousins, is a great jumper, so the high platforms in his enclosure allow him to jump up and survey his surroundings and practice his caracal skills.  Bandit is known for his wild ear tufts that are so long, they flop over instead of standing straight up. Born July 16, 2000 Life StoryPictures How Bandit Came to the Sanctuary Bandit was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of the former breeding program.  Carolina Tiger Rescue started in the late 1970’s as Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT) with the goal of breeding keystone species, such as caracals, to one day release them back into their natural habitats when it was safe to do so.  When other AZA accredited facilities began breeding in accordance with the Species Survival Plan, CPT turned its focus to rescuing.  Those animals who were born here will live out their lives at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Personality Bandit is the first animal that people see when they come on tour, when he wants to be seen, that is. Bandit is the more social of the three caracals we currently have and he will often come up and see who has come to visit him.  On sunny days, however, Bandit will often opt to lounge on a sunny platform rather than visit his guests.   Description Bandit weighs about 37 pounds and...