Lily is pretty shy and a lot more reserved than Macano. Contrary to that though, on cold days she is usually the one who is out and about more.  Lily loves insects and is quick to gobble them up as quickly as she can.

Born October 4, 2006
Rescued October 4, 2016

How Lily Came to the Sanctuary

Lily came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her enclosure mate Macano and 14 other animals from a facility out in west.  This facility was closed down due when the owner fell ill.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. 


Though they have not been with us long, Lily and her enclosure mate, Macano, are making themselves right at home at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Lily seems to be a bit shyer than Macano but she enjoys coming up to see what the keepers have brought her for food each day.  She loves red meat and prefers to eat her meat before her fruit!  Lily displays a bit of OCD behavior by walking up and down the corner of her enclosure over and over.  We are hoping that with a new environment, once she settles in that we will see a decrease in this behavior.


Lily is the smaller of the two coatimundis.  She weighs around 10 pounds.

Where in Sanctuary

Currently Lily and Macano are located in the enclosure across from Oliver Ocelot.

Pet Trade

Coatimundis like Lily are popular in the pet trade.  These animals generally very laid back and docile which leads people to believe they are good pets.  Coatimundis however are wild animals that should be and deserve to be in the wild.  Lily and Macano are both declawed which a popular practice with wild animals in the pet trade, to make an animals "safer".  Coatimundis often suffer in homes and can often develop OCD behaviors.  These animals are very intelligent and very active.  They spend the majority of their day foraging for food which keeps their minds and bodies in shape, and they are often not given this opportunity when they are kept as pets.  Carolina Tiger Rescue is a firm believer that no wild animal should be a pet.

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About Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-4684 (919) 542-4454

Wildlife should be in the Wild



  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

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Public Tours

Twilight Tours

Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary.

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Field Trips

Field Trips

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Virtual Field Trips

Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching "kids" of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our "Kid for a Day" Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Group Volunteering

There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.