Tulip 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.

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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.

Tulip Coatimundi was rescued with 3 other coatimundis and an African Crested porcupine from a roadside zoo in Canada that was closed down in 2019. Tulip has really come out of her shell over the last couple of years since she came to the Rescue. She is much more independent than the others and is always observing what is going on.

Born June 30, 2016

Rescued June 30, 2019

How Tulip Came to the Sanctuary

Tulip 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.


Tulip has become quite the confident coatimundi in her time here at the Rescue. She loves being outside and, on any day that is even a little warm, you will find her digging in the dirt and climbing on her structures. She is quite independent and enjoys watching everything that is going on.


Tulip is distinguishable from her enclosure mate Daisy because she is smaller than Daisy. Tulip is also a white-nosed coatimundi whereas Daisy is a South American coati, so they are two different species. Tulip is darker with mostly black fur, while Daisy has tan fur. 

Where in Sanctuary

Tulip lives in Pear Orchard across the field from Willow Bobcat. Tulip shares her enclosure with Daisy and they live right next door to Clover and Poppy Coatimundi. In the winter, the coatimundis, like the kinkajous, are moved into indoor housing that is heated.

Roadside Zoos

Tulip 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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