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 8/22/19

Our quarantine building, Karen’s Keep, is getting an upgrade! Staff and volunteers have been working very hard to build outdoor shifts for future quarantined animals!

Each animal that comes to Carolina Tiger Rescue must spend 30 days in quarantine. Simply put, quarantine means isolation. The animals in quarantine are separated from all the other sanctuary residents just in case they are carrying any illnesses that could spread to other animals. The new resident may also be vulnerable if they don’t have up-to-date shots or are weak and unhealthy. These are just a couple of the reasons why we need a vet to check them out. Until the animals in quarantine are cleared medically, they can not be moved out into the sanctuary.

Previously, animals in quarantine had to spend their time indoors with windows that looked out into their new home. With the help of many donors and volunteers, we are building outdoor shifts for quarantine! We will soon be able to let the quarantined animals enjoy the sunshine and get more familiar with the sights and sounds of the sanctuary. These outdoor shifts will also greatly increase the space in quarantine for each animal. Special consideration had to go into planning the outdoor space. The new animal could be sick or be vulnerable to illness and we do not want illness to spread in the sanctuary.

Because we don’t know right away if these animals are sick or could get someone else sick, every part of quarantine must be easy to clean, including any of its outdoor areas. We solved this by creating a concrete floor for the outdoor shifts and drainage that will catch any water coming off of the concrete, whether that be from rain or from scrubbing it clean. This way, if the animal is discovered to have an illness, we can safely clean and rinse the floors. Grass and dirt would be impossible to properly clean. And although these animals would not naturally live on concrete floors, they will not need to be on it long. Soon, they will be released to a more natural enclosure in the sanctuary, one with vegetation and softer ground.

I went to check out the progress today and, as you can see, got roped into helping complete one of the safety cages, but I don’t mind. Construction takes a lot of team work here at the sanctuary! I’m just so happy that we will soon be able to really roll out the welcome mat to any new residents! They deserve the best we can offer!

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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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!