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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 9/10/19

Cats are split into two categories - big cats and small cats. There are several differences between these two groups, and, no, it is not just their size!

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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. Wilde’s Blog 7/31/19

Carolina Tiger Rescue staff have been so excited for the Lion King movie! Yesterday, we all went to Marbles IMAX theater to enjoy it and sing along to all the songs (in our heads, of course).

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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 7/24/19

Elvis Serval received a physical today. Our high school summer campers were able to witness the sanctuary’s medical care firsthand and even got to listen to Elvis’ heartbeat!

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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 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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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 1/31/19

Sometimes I am glad when my job takes me indoors! It is cold in Pittsboro, NC this morning! It's only 17 degrees here! I know it's colder in other parts of the country but us clouded leopards do not do so well in the cold!

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Dr. Wilde’s Blog 11/10/18

It’s a busy time here at the rescue! We have been working hard to finish up projects, get ready for winter, and, of course, care for the animals.

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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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Keeper Tessa’s Blog 3/5/19

If you have read Dr. Hunter's latest blog post, you know that Fenimore Tiger got his physical! This allowed us to get an ultrasound on his belly, take some blood to get in-depth tests on, and to get a good look at him. My job during the knockdown is very different than Dr. Hunter's.

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Keeper Tessa’s Blog 2/15/19

Do you share a room with a brother or sister? If you do, you may know what it’s like to occasionally not get along with them and wish you had a room of your own. Our animals might go through the same thing with their enclosure-mates.

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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 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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Dr. Hunter’s Blog 11/9/18

Rainy days make my job a bit harder. Sometimes it’s difficult to get a good look at the animals on rainy days because they hide out in their den boxes and can’t be bothered to emerge. Other times, if they do come up, they are covered in mud! Though, I can’t say I mind a good roll in the mud myself sometimes.

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