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. Hunter’s Blog 1/28/21
With cold weather, comes new enrichment for the animals! Enrichment is anything that changes up an animal’s day. It encourages them to use their mind and body and keeps them active. Occasionally, winter gives the cats enrichment by bringing snow to North Carolina! Some of our cats embrace the snow, playing and rolling in it, and others prefer to keep warm in a sunny spot or a cozy denbox. Everyone reacts differently to different enrichments. We try to have fun in the snow too – keepers have been known to leave snowmen behind for the cats as they clean enclosures. The cats can play in the snow as much or as little as they want. We make sure they have warm, straw-filled denboxes to come back to whenever they are done.
There is another enrichment item that only comes around in winter – Christmas trees! Each year, kind donors bring their Christmas trees to us, ornaments *not* included, as a gift to the cats. Lately, we have handed many, many trees out around the sanctuary. The cats love to rub against the branches and smell the trees, especially Anthony Leopard! One of his favorite scents is pine, so he loves Christmas tree season!
What are some things you only do in winter that make you look forward to cooler weather each year? Maybe it’s winter enrichment for humans, like hot chocolate or sledding. Whatever it is, I hope you get loads of it this winter and enjoy it like Anthony enjoys his trees!