Naveen is a total ham! He will always greet visitors with a chuffle or two and is a very social boy. He loves to swim in his pool and create watercolor pawcassos with his soaking wet fur. He also LOVES enrichment and gets the zoomies when he gets an enrichment box!
Born April 17, 2015
Rescued May 19, 2021
How Naveen Came to the Sanctuary
Naveen is one of four big cats Carolina Tiger rescued from “Tiger King Park” in Thackerville, Oklahoma in early summer of 2021. In total, 68 cats were rescued from this facility after it was shut down due to numerous Endangered Species Act violations. Due to the nature of the court case, we were unable to speak about them until now!
Naveen is a charismatic tiger who always has something to say. If he's not chuffiing he's moaning and groaning and keeps you engaged so you continue to give him attention. He loves to run and walk along the enclosure with volunteers and staff members, talking them to the whole way.
Naveen is a tall tiger like Samar, but his coat is much lighter. It is a pale orange rather than a brilliant or dark orange. Naveen also has a scuff mark on the tip of his nose, he loves to rub it against the fence, rubbing the fur off in the process.
Naveen currently lives on Oak Hill. He has Caprichio, India, and Carolina Tiger as neighbors on one side and Roman and Reina Lion as neighbors on the other.
Naveen and 67 other big cats were rescued from a notorious and famous roadside zoo in Oklahoma. "The animals frequently live in small, dirty cages. They are fed inadequate food, and are denied medical care. They have little in the way of mental stimulation — often, not even the company of other animals, since many roadside zoos keep animals confined alone in their cages. Sometimes roadside zoos also encourage dangerous interactions between animals and visitors, such as bottle feeding tiger cubs."-Animal Legal Defense Fund
The roadside zoo that Naveen came from had been shut down due to many violations, including violating the endangered species act. The animals were confiscated and rehomed to accredited sanctuaries around the country.