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 4/6/21
Happy anniversary, Tio Tiger! Today marks three years of Tio living in the sanctuary. He came to us on April 6, 2018, with Kaari, Yanaba, and Shira Tiger from a facility in the southwestern United States. Tio is a very easygoing tiger. Even in quarantine after his arrival, he just went with the flow. He’s so laid-back that he quickly was allowed on tour and loved it. He will often come up to the fence to greet tour guests. Other times, he may check them out from a distance while relaxing in the shade.
Tio was unfortunately declawed on all four paws before being rescued. Declawing a cat, means the ends of their toes are removed. Cats walk on their toes so declawing forces them to change the way they walk and often leads to arthritis and other problems. In 2019, Tio had to have a middle toe on his front right paw amputated because of problems caused by the declaw. True to his personality, he took it all in stride and quickly settled back into his enclosure. I’m so grateful that Tio came here three years ago, to a place that can give him the proper vet care and a large enclosure where he can be himself!