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 10/3/19

Mila and Riley Tiger have been moved back into their enclosure in Pine Forest!

In September, the girls were moved from their enclosure so work could be done to it. They spent about a month in Karen’s Keep, our quarantine building. While there, they enjoyed chasing each other in the new outdoor section of quarantine, swimming in their pool, and receiving their first pumpkin enrichment! You can see Mila play with her pumpkin in quarantine on our videos page. The work on their enclosure was recently completed so we transported them back to their home next to Shira Tiger.

The girls are happy to be in their usual territory again. Both tigers continue to chase each other around their shifts and have been taking in the cool fall weather. They even got more pumpkin enrichment! When we have multiple animals living in an enclosure, we will give them enough enrichment to each have their own, so the girls received two pumpkins. Mila loved her pumpkin. She laid down and rolled with it, taking in the perfume we sprayed. Here she is digging her claws into it!

Another exciting day for Mila and Riley is coming up – their birthday! They will be five years old on the first of November, so I need to come up with some special enrichment for that day. Excuse me while I get back to work on that. What would you give Mila and Riley as birthday enrichment?

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



  • 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.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.