Willow Life Story

How Willow Came to the Sanctuary In August of 2020 Carolina Tiger Rescue got a call from a partner sanctuary in the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance. A five-month-old female bobcat was in need of a home. The bobcat was found on the side of the road in Illinois with her brother in early May. The mother was nowhere to be found and the kittens had blood on their fur. Thankfully the blood was not from the kittens. An animal rescue group found the kittens and brought them to the rehabbers at TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Unfortunately the brother didn’t make it, but the little girl grew up healthy and strong. They worked for many months to wean the kitten and to keep her away from human contact as much as possible. Then it was time to move her and two other rehab bobcat kittens out into the prerelease enclosure. The other two bobcats scurried away but this little one decided that she would rather stay with the humans. This doesn’t make for a successful reintroduction into the wild. Bobcats, and other wild animals, that have become to attached to humans don’t tend to survive and will often become a “nuisance” animal. They will approach people and look for food around humans. Because she was deemed non-releasable, they had to find a forever home for her. The rehabbers made a call to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge who passed her information along to The Wildcat Sanctuary. They in turned contacted us and we made arrangements to bring the kitten home. TreeHouse had a wonderful volunteer who offered to drive the kitten to us. After an...

Willow Bobcat

Willow Bobcat [/et_pb_sidebar] Home» category» Uncategorized» Willow Bobcat is currently our youngest animal here at the sanctuary. At under a year old, she still has a lot of growing to do, but is already full of personality. Willow was born in the wild and orphaned. It is unclear what happened to her mom, but the rehabilitation facility that originally took her, deemed her unreasonable due to her seeking out humans. This behavior is not conducive to a safe and successful reintroduction to the wild. Though we would have loved for her to live in the wild, we are committed to giving her the best life possible here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. We are excited to see her grow and thrive under our care. Born April 13, 2020 Rescued August 15, 2020 Life StoryPictures How Willow Came to the Sanctuary In August of 2020 Carolina Tiger Rescue got a call from a partner sanctuary in the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance. A five-month-old female bobcat was in need of a home. The bobcat was found on the side of the road in Illinois with her brother in early May. The mother was nowhere to be found and the kittens had blood on their fur. Thankfully the blood was not from the kittens. An animal rescue group found the kittens and brought them to the rehabbers at TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Unfortunately the brother didn’t make it, but the little girl grew up healthy and strong. They worked for many months to wean the kitten and to keep her away from human contact as much as possible. Then it was time to move...
Macano Coatimundi

Macano Coatimundi

Macano Coatimundi Home» category» Uncategorized» 2017-1129 Macano (1)2017-1129 Macano (3)2017-1129 Macano (7)2017-1129 Macano (15)2017-1129 Macano (19)2017-1129 Macano (22)2017-1129 Macano (24)Macano and Lily 10-13-2016 (54)Macano 10-13-2016 (45)Macano 10-13-2016 (60) croppedMacano and Lily 10-13-2016 (51)Macano 10-13-2016 (43)Macano 10-13-2016 (44)Macano 10-13-2016 (45)Macano 10-13-2016 (48)Macano 10-13-2016 (51)Macano 10-13-2016 (52)Macano 10-13-2016 (53)Macano 10-13-2016 (60) croppedMacano 10-13-2016 (60) BornOctober 24, 2006 RescuedOctober 4, 2016 Passed awayAugust 4, 2020 Macano’s Story Macano and his former enclosure-mate, Lily, who passed away on October 10, 2018, came to Carolina Tiger Rescue along with fourteen other animals from a facility in Colorado. The facility closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over one hundred animals. Macano was social and inquisitive. He did not like the cold at all. He preferred to stay in his warm den box even on warmer days. Macano was always up for attention though and always wanted to know what was going on and to see if anyone brought him something good to eat. Macano loved insects and was quick to eat them first when his food was brought to him. He loved smelly perfumes and would rub them into his tail, the stinkier the better! Macano’s Passing August 5, 2020 The decision was made to euthanize Macano Tuesday evening.  We discovered Macano had a grade 5 heart murmur when we anesthetized him to remove a lipoma (a fatty mass) on his chest, back in the fall of 2019. Since then we’ve kept a close eye on him and this past winter moved him into the vet center to an...
International Tiger Day 2020

International Tiger Day 2020

A century ago there were an estimated 100,000 tigers in the wild. Now, fewer than 4,000 wild tigers remain. That’s less than the population of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Does that number shock you? It should!  Why are wild tigers disappearing?  Habitat Loss/Fragmentation Tigers have lost approximately 95% of their historical range in favor of human activity. Agricultural activities and development projects are responsible for the majority of this destruction, which poses a severe threat to what few tigers remain. Tigers need large areas of land for their survival, making the fragmentation of existing habitats all the more dangerous. Human-wildlife Conflict Humans and tigers are at odds in the competition for space. As their habitat shrinks, tigers venture into human-populated areas to hunt domestic livestock and risk being killed out of retaliation. This also leaves them vulnerable to poaching. Poaching  The illegal wildlife trade is also responsible for the decrease in wild tiger populations, and is their most immediate threat. The belief that tiger parts contain medicinal properties is still widely held in a number of cultures, despite no evidence to support that claim. The death of one tiger at the hands of poachers has far-reaching consequences. What is being done to save tigers in the wild?  To combat the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation, wildlife corridors are being developed and utilized in tiger range countries (TRCs) to connect fragments of tiger conservation landscapes. These corridors allow tigers to travel safely between islands of habitat, find their own territory, and meet potential mates that are genetically different from themselves. Protections for parks and tiger habitats in TRCs have increased, as have...

Daisy Coatimundi

Daisy Coatimundi [/et_pb_sidebar] Home» category» Uncategorized» Daisy Coatimundi was rescued when she was around one year old. As with most one year olds, she is extremely inquisitive and active. She loves climbing, exploring her new home, and rooting around in the dirt for worms and bugs. Daisy is a South American Coatimundi. Born April 30, 2019 Rescued May 18, 2020 Life StoryPictures How Daisy Came to the Sanctuary One-year-old Daisy was relinquished to Carolina Tiger Rescue by a private owner who never intended to keep her as a pet. She was rescued in May of 2020. Personality Daisy is full of personality. She enjoys exploring and does not seem to be afraid of anything. She loves to root around in the dirt and hang out high up on her platforms. She is very inquisitive and must know what everyone is doing at all times. Description Daisy is a South American Coatimundi, so her coloring is much lighter than the White-Nosed Coatimundi species. Her fur is a khaki tan color with darker fur mixed in. Her tail has very distinct rings along it. Where in Sanctuary Daisy is currently living in Elm Grove which is off tour. While she is very social, the hustle and bustle of the tour path is a bit much for her at this time. Pet Trade Coatimundis like Daisy are popular in the pet trade. These animals generally are very laid-back and docile which leads people to believe they are good pets. Coatimundis, however, are wild animals that should be and deserve to be in the wild. Coatimundis often suffer in homes and can often...