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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.

 

Coatimundis

Coatimundis, unlike their raccoon cousins, are diurnal, which means they are out mostly during the day. Coatimundis are members of the order Carnivora, but are omnivorous; they eat fruit, insects, and meat. 

Coatimundis are native to Central and South America, spending a lot of their time in trees. Though they are carnivores, coatimundis eat a variety of fruit along with insects and occasionally small mammals. Female coatimundis are typically social and will live in groups with up to 30 members.

There are four subspecies of coatimundis, including the white-nosed coatimundi. Lily and Macano, Carolina Tiger Rescue’s resident coatimundis, belong to that subspecies. Coatimundis, though not endangered, are rapidly losing their habitat due to urbanization and deforestation for farms.

The coatimundi has an extremely flexible nose that can move 60 degrees in all directions.  

Coatimundis are very vocal, and communicate with one other via squeaks and chirps.

Coatimundis in Captivity

  • Coatimundis are popular in the pet trade due to their docile nature.
  • When housed as pets, coatimundis can be declawed because private owners may perceive it as making them safer. Declawing can lead to debilitating arthritis as the practice requires removing part of each toe.
  • Coatimundis are native to Costa Rica, where wild animals live as pets in 60 to 70 percent of homes. It is illegal in Costa Rica to own native wildlife, but due to a lack of rescue resources, only a select few are able to be re-homed at sanctuaries.

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  • Coatimundis can run up to 15 miles per hour. 
  • Coatimundis are excellent tree climbers and swimmers.

TAKE ACTION

Though not currently endangered, the population of wild coatimundis is decreasing due to habitat loss and the pet and fur trades. You can help protect coatimundis by only purchasing items that are sustainably-farmed in Central and South America. Coatimundis are wild and dangerous predators and should never be pets. Please help educate others on what you have learned to help protect them!

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

Wildlife should be in the Wild

Rescue

Education

  • 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.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.

Our Rescues
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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BOBCATS

Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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CARACALS

Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COATIMUNDIS

Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COUGARS

Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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KINKAJOUS

In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LEOPARDS

Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LIONS

Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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OCELOTS

Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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SERVALS

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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TIGERS

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

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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 Information

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!