Garcia Raccoon was rescued from a roadside zoo in the fall of 2022. While, like most of our animals, he has taken some time to adjust to his new surroundings, he is settling in nicely. He seems to enjoy making his keepers guess what kind of food he prefers day to day.
Born October 12, 2020
Rescued October 12, 2022
How Garcia Came to the Sanctuary
Garcia was rescued from from a closing roadside zoo in Maryland. Following years of animal welfare violations, a legal settlement with this roadside zoo (Tri-State Zoological Park) was reached and 65 animals found safe, appropriate forever homes at reputable zoos and sanctuaries around the country. This five-day rescue, led by PETA, opens the door for us to continue our mission of rescuing wild cats and other carnivores in need while working with larger, nationwide organizations that have greater reach
Garcia's transition to Carolina Tiger Rescue was much like many of our other animals. It is difficult to come to a new home, difficult to learn new sounds, and new surroundings, but just like the rest of our animals, after some time, he has settled in nicely. He is inquisitive and loves to climb. His keepers are gaining his trust with treats of pecans.
Garcia is your typical looking raccoon, with his masked eyes and grey body.
Where in Sanctuary
Garcia currently lives in Elm Grove behind Beau Cougar and next to Santana Serval.
Garcia 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.