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 7/21/20

I have another Shira and Saber Tiger update for you all!

Last time we checked in with the pair, they had been introduced to one another in an off tour enclosure and were getting along wonderfully. We did this because Saber and Shira had both lived with other tigers in the past and shown signs that they wanted this social enrichment once again. When introduced, they welcomed the interaction a new enclosure mate provided. Over the past couple months, they continued to thrive. They have gotten loads of exercise and entertainment chasing each other around their enclosure and sharing enrichment!

Before his introduction to Shira, Saber lived on tour. Shira never had, but knowing her personality, we keepers had a feeling she would enjoy life on tour. We decided to move them into an enclosure on Oak Hill along the tour route to test this theory. This enclosure is between Caprichio, Carolina, and India Tiger’s enclosure and Roman and Reina Lion’s enclosure. It has trees for shade, a hammock for relaxation, and hills that are perfect for keeping watch over the sanctuary.

After allowing them to settle into their new space, we were able to observe their reactions as the occasional tour group visited them to hear their stories. Saber was just as happy during tour group visits as he’d always been and Shira enjoyed the new form of enrichment. If either of them had responded differently, they would have moved back to their off tour enclosure but based on their reactions, we have decided to allow tours to meet them! Even as an on tour animal, they have the option to walk away from groups and can always move off tour again if they prefer to.

Next time you are out at the sanctuary, I hope you get to meet Shira and Saber. Our guides are very excited to share their stories with you! In the meantime, you can read about Saber and Shira’s introduction here and check out some of our animals’ stories, including Saber’s, on our Stories page.

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

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  • 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. 

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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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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!