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 9/12/19

Mila and Riley Tiger have been moved into quarantine and given access to its new expansion!

Karen’s Keep, our quarantine building, helps with more than just quarantining animals when they first arrive. We can also use it when an animal cannot be in their enclosure for other reasons. It has been used to keep better watch over an animal’s recovery after surgery, keep a sick animal out of a storm or, in Mila and Riley’s case, give animals a habitat while their enclosure has work done to it.

We never enter the enclosures with our animals to do our work, because that would be very dangerous. More routine tasks in the enclosures, like cleaning or simply adding a platform, can be done with the animal moved into another section of their enclosure. We call this shifting the animal. In Mila and Riley’s case, their enclosure is having a few of its trees removed to prevent future issues. For equipment and safety purposes, Mila and Riley could not just be shifted during this maintenance. So, they are taking a small vacation in quarantine while we work on their home.

As you may have heard from Dr. Hunter, quarantine has a new outdoor section for the animals! Mila and Riley are the first animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue to use this outdoor area and they are loving it. In this diagram of quarantine, Bays 3 and 4, the light blue sections on the right, would have been Mila and Riley’s shifts during the tree cutting if quarantine were not expanded. Now, they have access to Outdoor Bays 3 and 4, which you can see provides them with a much bigger area! They have more space to chase each other, a new view of the sanctuary, and lots of room to lay in the sun. Mila and Riley are our youngest tigers and boy do they have energy to burn! I’m glad they have plenty of space to enjoy and run while they wait for work on their enclosure to finish.

Animals in quarantine still get all the same treatment and enrichment as the other animals in the sanctuary. To see Mila and Riley play with pumpkin enrichment while in quarantine, visit our videos section.

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!