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 9/30/2021

Keeper Tessa here with an exciting animal update! We recently moved servals Mick, Dylan, Bowie, Cher, Stevie, and Queen to new enclosures. Mick, Dylan, and Bowie moved into the enclosure across from caracals Kitwana and Zari, where Stevie, Cher and Queen used to be. Stevie, Cher, and Queen moved into the enclosure near the lions Roman and Reina, where Mick, Dylan and Bowie used to be.

In December of 2019, we rescued seven servals from a backyard breeder in British Columbia. The breeder was keeping the servals in RV’s in their backyard, with no natural sunlight, no ventilation, and extremely unsanitary conditions. After arriving at Carolina Tiger Rescue, the seven servals spent time in quarantine before being moved to enclosures off the tour path. Once they had a chance to settle in and gain some confidence, we decided to try six of the servals on the tour path and they have been doing great on tour ever since!

In order to provide a change of scenery and enrichment for the animals, we will occasionally move animals to different enclosures around the sanctuary. Providing stimulating enrichment helps prevent boredom in captive animals and allows them to engage in natural behaviors. A new enclosure in a different part of the sanctuary can provide many new scents, sights and smells for the animals living there. All six servals are still along the tour path and have been enjoying seeing visitors as they pass by and are getting to know their new neighbors as they settle into their new enclosures.