Baxter came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in June of 2018. He was a privately owned pet in Asheville, NC. Baxter is Carolina Tiger Rescue’s smallest kinkajou weighing in at 6 pounds! Baxter is settling into his new home without much fuss. He has enjoyed exploring his new outdoor enclosure and is getting used to the sights and sound of his neighbors here.

Born January 15, 2011

Rescued June 1, 2018

How Baxter Came to the Sanctuary

Baxter came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in June of 2018. He was a privately owned pet, surrendered by his owners, when he became too much to handle. The couple lived in Asheville, North Carolina and had acquired Baxter when he was just 8 weeks old from a breeder. Once Baxter reached sexual maturity around 6 years old he became extremely aggressive. His owners made the brave and best decision for him, to re-home him at Carolina Tiger Rescue.


Baxter is an energetic kinkajou who settles into new surroundings fairly seamlessly. He enjoys exploring his outdoor enclosure, running around on his platforms, and tearing up enrichment.


Baxter is Carolina Tiger Rescue's smallest kinkajou, weight 6 pounds, with medium brown fur. He has low set ears that stick out.

Where in Sanctuary

Baxter lives on Elm Grove, off tour. He is behind Tio Tiger and down the path from Lily and Macano Coatimundi.

Pet Trade

North Carolina is one of four states were it is still legal to own a non native species.  In other words it is legal in the state of North Carolina to own a lion, tiger, kinkajou, and exotic wild animals.  Baxter is a direct result of this lack of legislation.  Due to how easily animals such as Baxter can be acquired people are obtaining them as pets and then realizing, sometimes at the expense of a human life, or the animals life, this isn't a good idea.  Though they are cute and helpless when they are small, these animals grow to be self-sufficient and no matter how much you love them, you cannot love the wild out of them.

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