Macano is social and inquisitive.  He does not like the cold at all.  He prefers to stay in his warm den box even on warmer days.  Macano is always up for attention though and always wants to know what is going on and to see if anyone brought him something good to eat. Macano loves insects and is quick to eat them first when he gets his food.  He loves smelly perfumes and will rub them into his tail!

Born October 23, 2006
Rescued October 4, 2016

How Macano Came to the Sanctuary

Macano and his former enclosure-mate, Lily, who passed away on October 10, 2018, came to Carolina Tiger Rescue along with 14 other animals from a facility in Colorado. The facility closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.


Macano has slowed down as he has aged. At 14 years old, he considered a geriatric coatimundi. While he enjoys getting enrichment, he has a harder time climbing and getting around, so he gets a lot of scent enrichment which he loves to rub into his tail. He loves a lot of different perfumes and the smellier the better!


Macano weighs around 16 pounds. Macano also has two black “moles” on the left side of his snout. These “moles” are from previously impacted scent glands that have long since drained. It has no impact on his current health and now simply serves as an easy way to identify him.

Where in Sanctuary

Macano, due to his age and health status, is currently living in an enclosure in the vet center. He is closely monitored by the keepers and staff and provided lots of enrichment to keep him busy.

Pet Trade

Coatimundis like Macano are popular in the pet trade. These animals generally are 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 were both declawed which is a popular practice with wild animals in the pet trade to make an animal "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. 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.