Dr. Lamar Hunter has just joined the Carolina Tiger Rescue team as a wildlife veterinarian. After he graduated from NC State’s vet school, Dr. Hunter studied under Dr. Angela Lassiter at Carolina Tiger Rescue. He helps with physicals, medical procedures, and loves seeing the animals improve under the care of the awesome vets at the rescue. Dr. Hunter enjoys working with all the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue, but his favorite is the lions.

Dr. Hunter’s Blog 7/24/19

Elvis Serval received a physical today. Our high school summer campers were able to witness the sanctuary’s medical care firsthand and even got to listen to Elvis’ heartbeat!

The residents of Carolina Tiger Rescue are sedated for a physical every two years or as needed. Sedation is basically making the animal nap through their physical. Every five minutes during the physical, the animal’s pulse, temperature, and respiration (breathing) rate are taken and written down. These numbers can tell us if the animal is getting too cold, waking up, feeling pain, or heading into distress. We can then adjust the treatment, fluids, and medication as needed based on this information.

For Elvis’ physical, we got him sedated and stable in the vet center and then our campers were able to quietly enter and observe the checkup. Important details about the animal’s health are gathered during a physical. We can weigh them, do ultrasounds, and take blood samples. We can check their joints, eyes, ears, teeth, organs, fur, and skin, just like your own doctor might do during a checkup! Our campers were even able to listen to Elvis’ healthy heartbeat using my stethoscope.

Elvis had all of the usual checks but also needs his legs checked thoroughly. He severely broke one of his back legs in 2016 and had to have it amputated. He had to adjust his walk after that, so we always look closely at his other legs to make sure they are not badly affected by this. While Elvis was sedated for his physical, Dr. Lassiter took X-rays of his legs. In this photo, you can see Dr. Lassiter and our Education Director, Katie, working together to calibrate our portable X-ray machine.

Elvis did a great job during his physical and got good compliments from Dr. Lassiter! He will wake up soon and return to his enclosure on Cherry Lane in the sanctuary. Keep up the good work, Elvis!

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
info@carolinatigerrescue.org

Wildlife should be in the Wild

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Education

  • 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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Public Tours

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
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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BOBCATS

Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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CARACALS

Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COATIMUNDIS

Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COUGARS

Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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KINKAJOUS

In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LEOPARDS

Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LIONS

Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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OCELOTS

Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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SERVALS

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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TIGERS

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Get involved 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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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!