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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 8/22/19

Our quarantine building, Karen’s Keep, is getting an upgrade! Staff and volunteers have been working very hard to build outdoor shifts for future quarantined animals!

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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 7/25/19

Summer camp here at the sanctuary is coming to an end. I must say one of my favorite parts of camp was the field trip we took to NC State with the high school campers! We checked out Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose’s lab and the vet school, my old stomping ground!

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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 7/11/19

Today, I want to talk about scientific names. Scientific names were created to help people talk about an animal even if they have different common names for the animal.

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Keeper Tessa’s Blog 6/19/19

Have you ever been thirsty and not had access to water? Maybe you went on a hike and forgot your water bottle or forgot to pack a drink for lunch, whatever the situation, I’m sure it was no fun! We never want to be without water when we need it, and neither do other animals. Here at the sanctuary, we make sure our residents have access to clean water all day, every day!

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Dr. Chloe Wilde is our wildlife biologist. She studied ecology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her favorite topic of study is conservation. Dr. Wilde is passionate about learning about and teaching others about how they can help wild cat populations, including reducing their use of products with palm oil in them. Though Carolina Tiger Rescue does not have any, Dr. Wilde’s favorite animal to study is the clouded leopard.

Dr. Wilde’s Blog 7/11/19

Today, I want to talk about scientific names. Scientific names were created to help people talk about an animal even if they have different common names for the animal.

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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 5/24/19

As you probably know by now, I love finding new animals in the sanctuary. I found another native species today! I was heading back to visit Fenimore and Emerson at their off tour enclosure when I spotted a snapping turtle on the path!

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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 5/3/19

I love spring at Carolina Tiger Rescue! Flowers have come out and so have some different creatures around the sanctuary. We’ve already seen adult and baby owls and today I found a turtle roaming the Rescue!

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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 4/25/19

Remember when I mentioned an adult owl hanging out near our staff entrance? Well, leaving the rescue yesterday, we could not believe our eyes! We have two baby owls living near the Food Prep building!

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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 4/15/19

Hello there! Lately, I have been very busy getting ready for summer camp and our new homeschool program. I’m happy to report that all this preparation required a trip to one of my favorite places, the craft store, followed by an exciting find at the sanctuary!

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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 3/8/19

Have you ever heard of a kinkajou? Not many people have. You may know a relative of the kinkajou, though – the raccoon! Like raccoons, kinkajous are foragers and search for their food. We try to feed our resident kinkajous, or kinks, in ways that let them forage like they would in their natural habitat.

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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 6/19/19

Have you ever been thirsty and not had access to water? Maybe you went on a hike and forgot your water bottle or forgot to pack a drink for lunch, whatever the situation, I’m sure it was no fun! We never want to be without water when we need it, and neither do other animals. Here at the sanctuary, we make sure our residents have access to clean water all day, every day!

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Keeper Tessa’s Blog 5/30/19

Our volunteers, work groups, and staff have been working for months on new outdoor habitats for Wednesday, Lola, Baxter, and Albert Kinkajous. Today, all the hard work was worth it when the kinkajous excitedly explored their new enclosures!

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Keeper Tessa’s Blog 5/5/19

It has been warming up here at Carolina Tiger Rescue and summer is fast-approaching, bringing with it more heat. Our tigers love to cool off in the same way a lot of humans do in the summertime - swimming!

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Keeper Tessa’s Blog 5/2/19

With the changing seasons, came changes of scenery for a few animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Not only has spring hit the sanctuary, but Macano Coatimundi, Beau Cougar, Ranger Bobcat, and Talon Bobcat all moved to new enclosures in the span of a week!

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Keeper Tessa’s Blog 3/22/19

Feeding is always an exciting time in the sanctuary. The animals get really excited when they hear the food truck being loaded up! Today, I am going focus on how, what, and when we feed our big cats, then later I will talk about how we feed our small cats.

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Dr. Lamar Hunter has just joined the Carolina Tiger Rescue team as a wildlife veterinarian. After he graduated from NC State’s vet school, Dr. Hunter studied under Dr. Angela Lassiter at Carolina Tiger Rescue. He helps with physicals, medical procedures, and loves seeing the animals improve under the care of the awesome vets at the rescue. Dr. Hunter enjoys working with all the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue, but his favorite is the lions.

Dr. Hunter’s Blog 8/22/19

Our quarantine building, Karen’s Keep, is getting an upgrade! Staff and volunteers have been working very hard to build outdoor shifts for future quarantined animals!

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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 7/25/19

Summer camp here at the sanctuary is coming to an end. I must say one of my favorite parts of camp was the field trip we took to NC State with the high school campers! We checked out Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose’s lab and the vet school, my old stomping ground!

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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 6/10/19

Most of our animals can eat a whole carcass diet, meaning the raw meat and bones, with no problems. Nakobi Cougar and Elvis Serval, however, have some special meal preparation guidelines!

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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 5/19/19

Because we serve as a forever home to our rescues, loss is inevitable in our work. However, no matter how many times we go through it, it never gets easier. Shenandoah Tiger passed away on May 18 and it was heartbreaking for all of us here at Carolina Tiger Rescue to lose her.

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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 3/5/19

It has been a busy week here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. I heard from Keeper Stripes that we safely moved Fenimore back out to his enclosure yesterday. Today, we turn our attention to Tio Tiger.

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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 3/4/19

We have been keeping a close eye on Fenimore Tiger over the last couple weeks. The keepers have noticed that he hasn't been feeling his best, isn't eating all his food, and is getting around a little slower than usual. Because of this, we scheduled a physical for Fenimore in hopes of getting some blood work and doing an ultrasound on him to find out what is going on.

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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 2/8/19

Beau got his physical today! Every animal, within the first 30 days of coming to Carolina Tiger Rescue, receives a physical. This physical allows us to get a baseline on their health. We draw blood to do a full work up, check all of their joints and teeth, and ensure they are overall healthy.

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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 2/1/19

Last week was tough with the passing of Max Tiger, but one thing we have to remember is that we will continue to have animals who need us and we have to keep giving those animals our best, even when we are feeling down and out. A good reminder of that is our new cougar cub, Beau!

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