Lola is our youngest kinkajou who unfortunately had a rough start in life. We do not know where she originally came from, but she ended up in a backyard in High Point, North Carolina, and was trapped in a trashcan before Animal Control brought her to Carolina Tiger Rescue. Lola is a very nervous kinkajou who takes a lot of time to warm up to new situations. She prefers the quiet life away from the tour path, but is always ready to defend her territory when people come by to visit.
How Lola Came to the Sanctuary
Lola was rescued from a woman’s backyard in High Point, North Carolina. Animal Control arrived to find her lethargic and shivering in the backyard and called Carolina Tiger Rescue to take her in. Lola was understandably very scared; it still takes her a long time to warm up to new experiences and people.
Lola is very nervous and aggressive around new people. She will often launch herself at the enclosure fence to scare new people away. The keepers are working with Lola’s aggression by doing operant conditioning with her. Operant conditioning helps Lola establish a routine and helps her realize that she will be rewarded when she does things she is asked to do, making it safer and easier to care for her.
Lola is the most reserved of the four kinkajous and the most elusive. She will spend the majority of her day in her den box, only coming out at night and when it is quiet. Lola is off tour due to her nervous and anxious nature. She is frightened easily and quickly becomes aggressive. Lola does enjoy bananas and enrichment, but on her terms.
During the summer, Lola’s enclosure is located in Mimosa Point next to Magoo Ocelot and near Oliver Ocelot. Lola is off the tour path due to her nervous nature. In the colder months, however, kinkajous are moved inside due to their inability to regulate their body temperature in the cold weather.
North Carolina is one of four states in the U.S. where it is legal to own a non-native species. In other words, it is legal in North Carolina to own a lion, tiger, or other wild animal. Lola's story is a direct result of this lack of legislation. Due to how easily animals such as Lola can be acquired, people are obtaining them as pets and then realizing, sometimes at the expense of a human life, or the animal's life, that this isn't a good idea. Animals such as Lola deserve to be respected as the wild animals they are.