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. 

Personality

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.

Description

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.

Where in Sanctuary

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.

Roadside Zoos

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.

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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

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  • 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.

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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.

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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
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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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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.