Poppy Coatimundi was rescued along with 3 other coatimundis and an African crested porcupine from a roadside zoo that was closed down in 2019. She, like her enclosuremates, is playful and inquisitive. She enjoys rooting in the dirt for bugs and napping in the sun on one of her tall platforms. Currently, Poppy lives with Clover Coatimundi, and next door to Tulip and Daisy Coatimundi.
Born June 30, 2016
Rescued June 30, 2019
How Poppy Came to the Sanctuary
Poppy 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.
Poppy can be quite bossy and has been known to try and pull the hair of her keepers if they aren't paying attention while cleaning. Poppy is brave and often the first in her enclosure to check out new enrichment or come up to a new person.
Poppy is distinguishable from Clover due to having a notch in her right ear. She also has a smaller build than Clover who she lives with.
Poppy lives in Pear Orchard across the field from Willow Bobcat. Poppy shares her enclosure with Clover and they live right next door to Daisy and Tulip Coatimundi. In the winter, the coatimundis, like the kinkajous, are moved into indoor housing that is heated.
Poppy 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. Star's enclosure was barren when she was rescued. The facility that Poppy came from was closed down due to unsafe conditions for humans and animals. 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.