Dr. Chloe Wilde is our wildlife biologist. She studied ecology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her favorite topic of study is conservation. Dr. Wilde is passionate about learning about and teaching others about how they can help wild cat populations, including reducing their use of products with palm oil in them. Though Carolina Tiger Rescue does not have any, Dr. Wilde’s favorite animal to study is the clouded leopard.

Dr. Wilde’s Blog 6/14/19

In a previous post, I explained how we feed the kinkajous. Today, I want to talk about feeding a coatimundi!

Coatimundis are related to an animal that is probably around your own house – the raccoon! You may have had a raccoon rummage through your trash for food. Raccoons will eat all sorts of things! They will eat insects, fruits, nuts, fish, amphibians, eggs, the list goes on and on. They are omnivores because they eat both plants and meat. Coatimundis, like their raccoon relatives, are also omnivores. They mostly eat insects and fruit but will eat lizards and rodents as well.

For his meals, Macano Coatimundi gets a tray of various foods to choose from. He gets two different fruits in each meal and several sources of protein. For protein, he will get two types of meat, a bit of dog food, and sometimes even freeze-dried crickets! Last but not least, he will get two hard boiled eggs.

Just like you, Macano has his own favorite foods. Some people like to save their favorite thing on their plate for last, for the grand finale; Macano likes to start with his favorite food. He eats his meat first and if he finishes that, then he may eat his fruit. He also loves the yolk of his hard-boiled eggs and will sometimes only eat the yellow middle and leave the white parts for staff and volunteers to clean up.

Coatimundis are very docile, or easy-going, creatures. They are lowest on our scale for aggression. That means, when it is time to feed Macano, animal keepers can actually go into his enclosure to pick up his old food tray and replace it with the new one. They will still make sure they are not disturbing him or getting too close to him, because he should be able to have his own space. Also, coatimundis can defend themselves with their claws and teeth if they feel threatened. When the keepers go in, Macano tends to follow them around to see what they are up to. He will often eat some food right away and then go back to relaxing until he wants to eat some more. Sounds like the good life to me!

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

Wildlife should be in the Wild



  • 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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Twilight Tours

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. 

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Field Trips

Field Trips

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Virtual Field Trips

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.

Our Rescues
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Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Group Volunteering

There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Big Cat Dinner Club

Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!