Tessa Stripes is our newest animal keeper here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. She studied wildlife biology at Virginia Tech. Before coming to Carolina Tiger Rescue, she interned at Wildlife Safari. Her favorite animals to work with are tigers! She enjoys giving the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue a safe and appropriate home for them. It’s a hard and dirty job, but she loves it! Her favorite time of year at the rescue is the fall, when all the animals get pumpkins for enrichment!

Keeper Tessa’s Blog 1/11/2021

Whew, it has been awhile since I have had to update everyone. My apologies! What a crazy few months it has been but everyone at the sanctuary is safe and healthy and we hope you are as well! Today, since it has been so long, I figured we would just give a couple quick updates as to what we have been up to and how the animals are doing!
The holidays have come and gone and it is now winter here at the sanctuary! The animals are spending most of their mornings bundled up in their warm den boxes and the afternoons lounging in the sun! I wish I could do that, they always look so peaceful and that sun feels great after a chilly start to the mornings. It has been raining quite a bit here and there was even talk of snow last week, but alas, rain is all we got. I’m pretty sure the lions were glad we didn’t get snow, I think the only thing they like less than rain, is snow!

These short days and cold nights certainly have our animals, like Roman here, are looking forward to the warm days. The good news is, all our animals are equipped to handle the cold weather. Our tigers and cougars grow in an undercoat that allows them to insulate better. They will shed that coat when it gets warm again. Our smaller cats have heated den boxes they can retreat to when they get cold. All the den boxes are also filled with straw to provide some extra insulation. The better news is, here in central NC, we do not experience extremely cold weather and have fairly mild winters. I am thankful for that too, I am not a huge fan of cold weather!
That’s it for today, but I promise to provide another update soon!