Tio Tiger

Home» category» 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 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...
Kaela Tiger

Kaela Tiger

Home» category» Species» Kaela 8-3-2017 (9)2012-11-28 Kaela (19)2012-11-28 Kaela (19)2011-06-24 Enrichment Kaela (2)2012-03-07 Kaela (64)2012-11-14 Kaela (21)2012-11-14 Kaela (22)2012-12-30 Kaela (11)2012-12-30 Kaela (12)2012-12-30 Kaela (14)2013-06-06 Kaela (21)2013-06-06 Kaela (24)Kaela & Rajah TigerKaela TigerKaela TigerKaela TigerKaela Tiger2012-12-30 Kaela (12)2011-11-13 Kaela (1)2012-11-28 Kaela (19) Born July 26, 2005 Rescued January 11, 2006 Passed away September 5, 2017 Kaela’s Story Kaela and her brother, Rajah, were rescued from the side of the road outside of Charlotte, North Carolina in January of 2005, when they were about 6 months old. An off-duty officer came upon them and called 911. Animal Control responded but Rajah and Kaela were on opposite sides of the road, putting them in two different counties, which meant two different Animal Control offices had to respond and pick them up. The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro held them in quarantine until their enclosure here at Carolina Tiger Rescue could be built for them. No one is sure how the cubs got there or if they are actually brother and sister. We guess that they are related, due to their similar color and stripe pattern and the fact that they were the same age when they were found. Kaela’s Passing September 6, 2017 Tuesday night was a heartbreaking one for Carolina Tiger Rescue. After months of exams, blood work, medications, love, and attention, we made the incredibly difficult decision to euthanize Kaela Tiger. Over the last year and a half, we have put incredible effort into trying to figure out what was causing Kaela’s medical issues. At different times, her skin and energy level would improve, only to be followed by...
Mary Stewart Caracal

Mary Stewart Caracal

Home» category» Species» 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 was 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...

Daxon Serval

Home» category» Species» Daxon Serval was rescued from a private owner in June of 2017. He was owned in a state where it is illegal to own wild cats and the owner reached out to Carolina Tiger Rescue in hopes we could provide Daxon with a lifelong home more suitable to his wild cat needs. Daxon is a bit shy at first and a bit weary of new people, but, since moving to his outdoor enclosure, he has really started to come out of his shell. Daxon enjoys when visitors sit down a safe distance from his enclosure and just talk with him and provide him with their company. He is a handsome serval who seems to be enjoying his new life at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Born April 13, 2013 Rescued June 22, 2017 Life StoryPictures How Daxon Came to the Sanctuary Daxon was rescued in June of 2017 from a private owner. He had been a pet for the first 3 years of his life, until his owner decided they could not give him the best life possible. Carolina Tiger Rescue was contacted and we traveled to pick him up and bring him to his forever home. Personality Daxon is a shy serval who takes a bit to warm up to new experiences. Now that he is out of quarantine and in his new home in his outdoor enclosure, Daxon is coming out of his shell. The day he was released he took no time at all to explore his new home! Description Daxon is a tall serval with darker fur than some of our other resident servals. His fur...

Carolina Tiger Rescue Stories

Aria Tiger with room to run at Carolina Tiger Rescue Home» category» Species»   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.   It is estimated that there are between 5,000 – 10,000 tigers in private hands in the United States. This is how Aria Tiger looked when she was rescued from a private owner in South Carolina in 2013. She was purchased from a breeder and kept as a pet in a family’s back yard for 10 years.   When Carolina Tiger Rescue was called in, she was days from death because the family could not find a vet who was willing to care for her. In addition to a lack of knowledgeable medical care, many tigers in private hands are not given proper diets, adequate room to roam, or stimulation to keep them from becoming bored and developing behavior disorders. Even when private owners have the best of intentions, wild cats often suffer greatly in this kind of captivity. There is no federal regulation about owning wild animals. In 4 states, including North Carolina, your neighbor could have a tiger in their back yard and you don’t have to know. When Aria arrived, she weighed around 200 pounds and barely had the strength to lift her head.  Our veterinarian was able to diagnose Aria with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. We began feeding her beef pancreas to provide the enzymes that her body didn’t make, allowing her to absorb nutrition from her food.  Aria’s health improved greatly and she climbed to a healthy weight...
Julio Ocelot

Julio Ocelot

Home» category» Species» 2012-09-26 Julio (14)2013-05-01 Julio (40)2013-05-01 Julio (41)2013-09-15 Julio (30)2014-07-17 Julio (70)2015-05-28 Julio (85)2015-05-28 Julio (86)2015-09-06 Julio (47)2005-08-06 Julio (7) Born April 18, 1997 Arrived on September 24, 1998 Passed away May 8, 2017 Julio’s Story Julio was an incredible ocelot. Not only did he embody the true ocelot spirit (you know, grumbling if you came by to visit), he was also a stunning-looking cat. His dark features made him instantly recognizable by everyone. That ocelot spirit was apparent in how hard Julio made you work for his attention. For example, if you brought him a tasty treat, he might not accept it from your treat stick, but as soon as you turn to leave, that yummy treat was gone! His grumbles and striking features will be greatly missed in the sanctuary. Julio’s Passing May 10, 2017 Unfortunately, we have sad news to share today. Whether it was last month when we said goodbye to grumbly Trapper Ocelot or now, when we say goodbye to the beautiful Julio Ocelot, writing these memorials and saying goodbye never gets easier. In 2015, we anesthetized Julio for a physical exam. Blood work from that exam showed that he also had lymphocytic leukemia. Given his great dislike for being handled, chemotherapy was not an option. We did, however, start him on prednisone to help alleviate the inflammation associated with the cancer and to help slow the progression of the disease. Recently, we anesthetized Julio due to a broken canine and his blood work showed progression of the disease. As always, we waited, watched, and monitored him for quality of life. This weekend,...