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 3/25/21

Our oldest animal in the sanctuary, Wednesday Kinkajou, celebrates her 33rd birthday today. In captivity, kinkajous usually live to be 23 to 25 years old but have been known to live up to 30 years. Wednesday has both those numbers beat! She came to us at five years old in 1993 from a private owner. This person tried to make Wednesday a pet, but kinkajous are wild animals who do not belong in people’s homes. They may weigh just three to ten pounds, but they are as dangerous as our big cats!

Kinkajous typically have long, razor-like claws, but as you can see in the photo above, Wednesday does not. Sadly, her owners had her declawed, leaving her with arthritis in her paws. We are so happy she is here at Carolina Tiger Rescue, where she can get the proper veterinary care to help her with this pain. She also gets loads of enrichment to keep her mentally and physically active. This photo shows Wednesday enjoying special birthday enrichment from one of her adoptive parents. (Don’t worry, the adoptive parents never take the animals home. Wednesday will never be a pet again and will live as wild as possible for the rest of her life!) In her time at the sanctuary, Wednesday has captured too many hearts to count and has brought us endless joy. Happy birthday, Wednesday!