Ranger Bobcat

Home» category» Species» Cougars» Ranger Bobcat is a quiet bobcat who enjoys his time away from the tour path. He loves to lounge up on his catwalks, high above the ground and watch the bustling sanctuary. Ranger is inquisitive but takes some time to warm up to new things. He loves getting treats off a stick but appreciates his enrichment when no one else is around. Born March 27, 2009 Rescued March 27, 2019 Life StoryPictures How Ranger Came to the Sanctuary Ranger came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in March of 2019. A family found him as a kitten in California where they were living at the time 10 years ago. When the family moved to Virginia 2 years later they took him with them. Like in most states, it was illegal for them to have him in Virginia. When approached by authorities they agreed to send him to Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Personality Ranger is a quiet and reserved bobcat. He was extremely nervous in quarantine but is enjoying life in his new outdoor enclosure away from the tour path. Ranger loves hanging up on his catwalks that allow him to oversee his surroundings. He does come down for treats and food, but prefers small groups which is why he lives away from the tour path. Description Ranger's coat is a light gray with hints of brown in it. He has a narrow face with tiny tufts of hair on the tips of his point ears. Ranger has a pink nose and he has very little ruff around his face. Where in Sanctuary Ranger lives off tour in Elm...

Beausoleil Cougar

Home» category» Species» Cougars» 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...

Star Cougar

Home» category» Species» Cougars» Star Cougar is our only female cougar and is the smallest of our cougars.  She is considered small for her sex also, but that makes her no less dangerous.  Star is known for her loud “screeching” when she is in heat that can be heard all around the sanctuary.  When Star is not patrolling her territory, she can often be found sitting up on top of her highest platform.  Cougars in the wild will often hang out on high cliffs or in sturdy trees to keep an eye out for prey wandering by. Born May 1, 1997 Rescued January 25, 2012 Life StoryPictures How Star Came to the Sanctuary Star came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in January of 2012 from the Collins Zoo in Mississippi. The Collins Zoo was a roadside zoo that was closed down due to the neglect of the animals and the risk that the animals posed to the public. Carolina Tiger Rescue rescued Star along with two black leopards, Smokey and Shadow. Smokey and Shadow have since passed away. Personality Star tends to be the most vocal of the cougars at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Once a month, Star goes into heat and it then becomes clear why one of the 70 different names for cougars is “Mountain Screamer.” Star is very selective in who she will visit on tours. Star loves to hang out high on her tallest platform and keep an eye on her neighbors or sleep the day away up there.   Description Star has the typical cougar personality in that she will do whatever she pleases. At times, she will come up...

Nakobi Cougar

Home» category» Species» Cougars» Nakobi is very talkative and loves attention from keepers and animal care volunteers that he knows. Nakobi is well-known for his stalking skills. He will often try to blend into a rock or hide behind a tree to sneak up on those who pass by. There was one time he had difficulty stalking a keeper because he got caught in a bush! Born May 25, 2005 Rescued May 25, 2012 Life StoryPictures How Nakobi Came to the Sanctuary Nakobi came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with Jericho Cougar, Roscoe and Camilla Tiger, and Roman and Reina Lion from Rescue One, a sanctuary in Ohio. Rescue One decided to close its doors because it could not keep up with the changing laws regarding wild animal ownership in Ohio. They also were in financial trouble and could no longer afford to keep their animals. Ohio had toughened their laws regarding exotic pet ownership following a 2011 incident in Zanesville, Ohio. 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 Nakobi is a very talkative cougar who loves attention from those he knows. He does, however, get very anxious and skittish around big groups of people and is therefore off the tour path. Description Nakobi is a very talkative cougar who loves attention from keepers and visitors he knows. He does, however, get very anxious around large groups of people and small kids. Nakobi continues to maintain...

Jericho Cougar

Home» category» Species» Cougars» Jericho is a favorite among many Carolina Tiger Rescue volunteers and tour guests alike. His dark fur, handsome face, and loud purr endear him to all. Jericho loves visitors and frequently comes up to the fence to say hello, especially if there is a treat in it for him. Jericho enjoys different types of food, including fresh octopus and sardines, and he enjoys rolling around in new smells like catnip and cinnamon. Born May 25, 1998 Rescued May 25, 2012 Life StoryPictures How Jericho Came to the Sanctuary Jericho came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with Nakobi Cougar, Roscoe and Camilla Tigers, and Roman and  Reina Lions from Rescue One in Ohio. Rescue One decided to close its doors because they could not keep up with the changing laws regarding wild animal ownership in Ohio. They were also in financial trouble and could no longer afford to keep the animals. It is not known where Jericho was before going to Rescue One. Personality Jericho is very stoic and much less talkative than the other two cougars. He will sometimes surprise us and give a good loud purr to visitors. Jericho can often be found lounging in his den box, surveying his surroundings and waiting for someone to bring him his meal or a treat. Description Jericho is the oldest of the cougars and much more reserved than the other two. He prefers to sit in the back of his enclosure and watch the world around him. He does, however, get very excited when a food truck passes by him. Jericho, like cougars in the wild, is very agile and...