Beausoleil Cougar

Beausoleil Cougar

Beausoleil, “Beau” for short, is now our youngest cougar.  He was rescued at about 6 months of age from Washington state in January 2019.  He is wild-born and was found wandering in a family’s backyard with no sign of his mother. He has settled into the sanctuary life beautifully. He enjoys watching what is happening around him and will often come up to the fence to watch trucks and people walk by. He continues to be shy and elusive most of the time, but does enjoy playing “stalk and hide” with keepers and staff.  Beau enjoys enrichment, though unlike other residents at Carolina Tiger Rescue, he prefers to wait until his caretakers have left the area, before playing with and destroying what he is given! [/et_pb_sidebar] 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 Sanctuary 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 Sanctuary volunteer and driven to Indianapolis....
Star Cougar

Star Cougar

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. [/et_pb_sidebar] 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 and visit a...

Nakobi Cougar

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! [/et_pb_sidebar] 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 his wild instincts...

Jericho Cougar

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. [/et_pb_sidebar] 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 has little problem...

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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