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 7/15/19

Ranger Bobcat continues to settle into his new home in the sanctuary!

Ranger was born in the wild in California, but unfortunately became a pet soon after and, years later, he was brought here to Carolina Tiger Rescue. To read more about Ranger’s journey, check out my previous post! Ranger arrived in March and, like all new residents of the sanctuary, had to spend at least his first 30 days in quarantine so that we could make sure he was healthy and get to know him.

Ranger’s initial physical went well! He was cleared from quarantine in late April and soon moved out into his enclosure. While in quarantine, Ranger was nervous and seemed like he would most enjoy an enclosure away from tours and too much commotion, which is perfectly fine. He gets to make the decision to be on tour or off tour and, through his behavior, we could tell that he said, “No thank you!” to big groups. So, an empty enclosure awaited Ranger next to Magoo Ocelot in Elm Grove. Elm Grove is very peaceful, calm, and off the tour path, which is perfect for Ranger.

Since moving out into his very own enclosure, Ranger seems to be enjoying his new life in the sanctuary. He loves to lay up on the higher platforms in his enclosure where he can best see his surroundings, but he will definitely climb down for meat! Ranger will come up for food and is allowed to get treats. He does a wonderful job with calmly taking treats off the treat stick. We can’t forget about enrichment! When no one is around, he appreciates the enrichment left for him. And although Ranger is a quiet and reserved bobcat, he has chased and stalked a kite flown by a volunteer outside of his enclosure! He definitely has the instincts of a wild predator, despite being kept as a pet for many years! This is just one reason we don’t support the private ownership of these wildcats.

I’m glad Ranger was able to come here to the sanctuary. It’s so fun to watch his personality shine more and more as he gets used to life at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

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.

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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!