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....
Baxter Kinkajou

Baxter Kinkajou

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. He has enjoyed exploring his enclosure and is getting used to the sights and sounds of the other residents here. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born January 15, 2011 Rescued June 1, 2018 Life StoryPicturesVideos 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 Elm Grove. In the winter, they live inside one of the kinkajou houses. It is better for the kinkajous to be indoors in the cooler months because they are unable to regulate their body temperature in cold weather. In the warmer months,...

Kaari Tiger

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! [/et_pb_sidebar] 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

Yanaba Tiger

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. [/et_pb_sidebar] 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 down the path from Madonna Tiger's enclosure. She is away from the tour route, 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 the United States, came from a sensitive...
Shira Tiger

Shira Tiger

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. [/et_pb_sidebar] 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

Tio Tiger

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. [/et_pb_sidebar] 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 the tips...

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
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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.
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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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