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 2/24/20

I have another animal update for you all. This time it is about Tasha Tiger!

Tasha came to us in 2014 from Alabama with Tears, Madonna, and Leah Tiger. Their elderly owner had previously operated a roadside zoo, but the facility had long since closed and fallen into disrepair. Carolina Tiger Rescue was one of four rescue organizations that worked together to rescue and give homes to over 15 lions, tigers, bears, and wolves housed there. When she first came to the sanctuary, Tasha Tiger was quite anxious and was given an enclosure towards the back of the sanctuary to settle into her new home. Tasha Tiger has adjusted well and become known as a chuffle queen! A chuffle is a social greeting used by tigers, and Tasha has been known to chuffle at many staff members and volunteers who pay her a visit!

We recently moved a few animals around to do maintenance on Tasha Tiger’s enclosure in the Pine Forest section of the sanctuary. As you may remember, Saber Tiger was introduced to Shira Tiger in her off tour enclosure, leaving his habitat next to Mona and Moki Tiger, or the Mo Girls, available. We decided to move the Mo Girls just next door to Saber’s former enclosure. Then, Tasha Tiger was able to move into their habitat. All three of the girls explored their new living spaces, marking them as their own and trying out all the different enrichment and new smells.

Because Tasha had lived as an off tour animal, our tour guides were told not to stop by Tasha’s new enclosure, but as tours visited animals up the tour path from her, she did not seem to mind their presence. One day, when a staff member led a small tour through the sanctuary, we keepers decided to let them visit her while we observed her reactions. Tasha did great! She even chuffled at the guests! We continued to watch her as we allowed the occasional tour to visit and she has done so well that she is now an on tour animal.

I hope you get inspiration from Mick, Bowie, and Dylan Serval and Tasha Tiger. Go try something new and see how you like it! You just might be surprised with how well you do and how much you enjoy it. Tasha and I send our chuffles and are cheering you on!

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

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.

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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
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Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

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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!