Kitwana is a very social caracal who enjoys coming up to see who is visiting him. He will often wander up to the fence to see what is going on and to see if one of his keepers is stopping by to feed him. Like with most cats, he enjoys napping in the sun, but his favorite time is feeding time.
How Kitwana Came to the Sanctuary
Kitwana came to Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our largest rescue to date. He was rescued from a roadside zoo in Colorado that housed 110 animals on about four acres of land. Kitwana, along with 15 other animals, was brought to Carolina Tiger Rescue in the fall of 2016.
In the wild, caracals are referred to as 'little lions' due to their feisty personality, and that is no different for Kitwana. While he is not as vocal as his enclosure mate Zari was, he is quick to remind everyone he is a wild cat with his hisses. Like most cats, he is very food motivated and is always excited when the food truck rolls around.
Kitwana has dark, tawny fur that has more brownish hues to it than come caracals. He, of course, has the black tufted ears that caracals are known for.
Where in Sanctuary
Kitwana lives in Cherry Lane across the tour path from the 'Serval Boys', Bowie, Mick, and Dylan.
Kitwana and 15 other animals came to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home after being rescued from a roadside zoo in Colorado. Roadside zoos are facilities who do what it takes to turn a profit. The animals they house often live in small enclosures and there is some gimmick used to get people to stop. The roadside zoo in Colorado offered cub petting to tourists as a way to get people in. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you look into a facility before visiting. Learning if their values match yours goes a long way in determining if a facility is one that should be visited.