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 4/3/19

I come to you all today with exciting news! We rescued a bobcat on Wednesday, March 27, from Virginia. His name is Ranger!

Ten years ago, a California family found a bobcat kitten in the wild. Assuming that he was abandoned, they took him home and kept him as a pet. The family later moved to Virginia, taking the bobcat with them. Virginia, like most states, does not allow the ownership of bobcats. Ranger’s owners were approached by authorities and agreed to send him here to Carolina Tiger Rescue. Ranger is currently in quarantine. I will let you know when he gets cleared from quarantine and is in an outdoor enclosure!

Talon is no longer the sole bobcat at the Rescue! If you compare Talon and Ranger, it’s easy to see how even cats of the same species can look so different. In the picture below, you can see the differences in their patterns and coat colors. Talon has a more brown coat. Ranger has a more typical bobcat nose – it’s pink! Talon’s is all-black. They both have the classic bobcat characteristics, such as ear tufts, the ruff of fur around their faces, and, of course, the short, bobbed tail.

Talon and Ranger have something else in common as well. They were both private pets! When the family found Ranger in the wild as a kitten, they assumed he had been abandoned but this may not have been the case. We’ll never know if he was orphaned or abandoned or if his mom was just out hunting and would have returned to him later. Ranger and Talon luckily ended up here at the Rescue with staff who know how to properly care for them, but there’s a place that would have been even better for them – the wild! They should have never been in captivity or kept as pets. If you find a baby animal in the wild, it is best to leave it alone. If you are worried, though, you can call your local wildlife agency to alert them and they will know the best course of action.

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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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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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.

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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.

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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!