Christian is currently Carolina Tiger Rescue’s oldest tiger.  He is a bit shorter in stature than his enclosure mate, Max, but has a fantastic personality and loves his favorite keepers, especially when they bring him extra treats. Christian’s left ear droops from chronic ear infections when he was a cub. He gets very nervous around large crowds and the noises from large trucks bother him, but he loves playing in his pool and hanging out with Max. The two of them will often butt heads as they walk by each other and rub their heads together to show each other affection.

Born September 13, 1996

Rescued September 13, 2011

How Christian Came to the Sanctuary

Christian came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from the Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, Texas, along with 10 other animals, including 3 lions and 6 other tigers.  The Wild Animal Orphanage was a rescue that became overwhelmed by the number of animals they took in and did not have enough resources to care for them.  Over 300 animals had to be re-homed when they shut down.  With the help of Tigers in America, we were able to rescue 10 animals from across the country, giving them a better and more secure life.


Christian is a very laid-back tiger who enjoys hanging out in his pool in the summer.  He has been known to get the best of a few vultures and is one of the few tigers we have that will eat a vulture that he kills.


Christian is smaller than his enclosure mate, Max.  His left ear is constantly pinned to his head, most likely due to numerous ear infections he suffered as a cub.  Christian looks like a sad, tired tiger because his eyes appear to be sunken into his head, but he has a lot of personality and loves new enrichment!  

Where in Sanctuary

Christian is located in Pine Forest with his enclosure mate, Max.  Christian is off the tour path due to his occasional aggression towards men.  He enjoys living with Max, who is notorious for hitting the fence and roaring at guests when he is overwhelmed.

Failed Sanctuaries

Christian and his enclosure mate, Max, were among 10 animals that came from a failed sanctuary in Texas. Unfortunately, sanctuaries closing due to a lack of money is not uncommon. Those who run these sanctuaries have tremendously big hearts and want to do all they can to help as many animals as possible, but this often comes at a price. Many places take on more animals than they can manage and financially care for. Many of the animals that are rescued by sanctuaries are ones that come with medical problems, behavior problems, and other ailments that require more time and money than your typical zoo animals. This was the case at the Wild Animal Orphanage where Max and Christian came from. They had over 300 animals when they were forced to close due to financial problems.  

Carolina Tiger Rescue is very mindful of the fact that, when we take animals in, we are promising to care for that animal for the rest of its life, no matter what may come up in the future. We have several animals with medical needs that require expensive treatments that will be necessary for the rest of their lives; this limits the number of animals we can take, but our main priority is to provide a life-long home for the animals in our care. We do not want to get to a place where we cannot care for them. The animals in our care have been through enough already and we would not risk subjecting them to another disruption in their lives.

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