Electra was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our former breeding program. Electra is a small, lean caracal who packs a lot of attitude into her tiny body and enjoys being part of the tour. If she is not stalking you through the grass in her enclosure, Electra may be taking a break high up on one of her platforms, but she is still keeping a close eye on what is going on.
How Electra Came to the Sanctuary
Electra was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of the former breeding program. Carolina Tiger Rescue started in the late 1970’s as Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT). Our goal back then was to breed keystone species, such as caracals, to one day release them back into their natural habitats when it was safe to do so. When Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited facilities began breeding in accordance with the Species Survival Plan, CPT turned its focus to rescuing. Those animals who were born here will live out their lives at Carolina Tiger Rescue.
Electra is much more shy than our other two caracals, preferring to stay away when the tours come by. She enjoys patrolling her territory to ensure no one gets too close to the border. Electra is very feisty and will hiss at volunteers and keepers alike, reminding everyone that she is a wild animal and not to be messed with.
Electra is a petite caracal with tufts of hair on the top of her ears that stick straight up. She weighs around 20 pounds. Female caracals are typically smaller than the males.
Where in Sanctuary
Electra is located in Pear Orchard in an enclosure in front of Savannah Serval's enclosure and between Kitwana and Zari Caracal's and Beau Cougar's enclosures. She is off the tour path to give Beau more privacy from tour guests while he continues to settle into his new home in the sanctuary.
In the late 1990's, Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust, decided that we were no longer going to breed due to the number of accredited facilities that were abiding by the Species Survival Plan. The Species Survival Plan was set up to ensure that breeding in captivity was only being done to conserve a species. This helps limit needless breeding and prevents a surplus of animals living in captivity. Carolina Tiger Rescue only supports breeding in captivity if it is done in accordance with the Species Survival Plan.