Bud Coatimundi

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



  • 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

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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.

Bud Coatimundi was rescued from a roadside zoo in Canada that was closed down due to many violations. Bud was brought to Carolina Tiger Rescue along with 3 other coatimundis and an African Crested porcupine. 

Born June 30, 2016

Rescued June 30, 2019

How Bud Came to the Sanctuary

Bud was rescued from a roadside zoo that was closed down in Canada in the summer of 2019. The animals at the roadside zoo were evidence in a court case for about 2 years which meant Carolina Tiger Rescue could not talk about the animals we received from that rescue during that time. The case has now been resolved which means the animals have been permanently placed with Carolina Tiger Rescue and we can now tell about their story.


Bud is by far one of our more social coatimundis. He loves to come up to the fence to greet visitors but can be a bit skittish with loud noises and quick movements. He loves enrichment and spends most of his time in the outdoor portion of his enclosure.


Bud is larger than the girl coatimundis and is distinguishable by his stocky build. He also has a shorter tail than the other coatimundis.

Where in Sanctuary

Bud currently lives in an enclosure in Elm Grove. He is next to Lola and Baxter Kinkajou. In the winter, he lives inside by Garcia Raccoon.

Roadside Zoos

Bud Coatimundi came from a roadside zoo. Roadside zoos are zoos that pop up on the side of the road to draw in tourists. Most of these places lack proper facilities to adequately take care of their animals. They often breed to bring money in because the public finds it hard to resist baby animals. They rarely provide the animals with proper enclosures with enough space for the animals to live a good life. Please check out places before you visit them. Ask questions. Find out what their mission is and why they exist. Find out what their primary goal is.

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