Madonna is a very fitting name for this vocal girl!  She always has something to say and alternates between “chuffling” and moaning whenever someone stops by.  She is incredibly active and athletic for a tiger her age and impresses volunteers and keepers alike with her stalking skills.  Anytime she hears someone approach, she hides and stalks them.  It is usually very hard to find her until she comes running up to the fence to say hello.  True to form, Madonna’s favorite enrichment is heavily rooted in her high prey drive.  She absolutely loves stalking volunteers as they hobble around on the enrichment crutches.
Born August 17, 2005
Rescued September 18, 2014

How Madonna Came to the Sanctuary

Madonna was rescued with her relative, Tears Tiger (specific relation unclear), and Tasha and Leah Tiger from a private home in Alabama in 2014. Leah and Tears Tiger have since passed. Their elderly owner had previously operated a roadside zoo, but the facility had long since closed and fallen into disrepair. Carolina Tiger Rescue was one of four rescue organizations that coordinated a joint effort to rescue and give homes to over fifteen lions, tigers, bears, and wolves housed there. Four of the tigers found a forever home here at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

Personality

Madonna is a very fitting name for this vocal girl! She always has something to say and alters between "chuffling" and moaning whenever someone stops by. She is incredibly active and athletic for a tiger her age and impresses volunteers and keepers alike with her stalking skills. Anytime she hears someone approach, she hides and stalks them. It is usually very hard to find her until she comes running up to the fence to say hello. True to form, her favorite enrichment is heavily rooted in her high prey drive. She absolutely loves stalking volunteers as they hobble around on the enrichment crutches!

Description

Madonna is arguably our largest female tiger, with long legs, a large head, and a slender body. She has a bright orange coat and dark black stripes that help her camouflage herself in the tall grass in her enclosure. Madonna has wide, round patches of fur around her eyes, which make them stand out.

Where in Sanctuary

Madonna is located off the tour path in Pine Forest.

Roadside Zoos

Madonna was rescued along with three other tigers from a roadside zoo in Alabama. "Roadside zoos are collections of animals in cages to profit from motorists who stop to see the animals. They are not accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  A roadside zoo can be 20 animals in adjacent pens or a single tiger in a cage. What these facilities have in common are barren cages, inadequate food, water, shelter, and veterinary care. The animals are often crowded into conflict-prone groupings.” – Tigers in America. The roadside zoo that Madonna came from had been shut down due to many violations, but the woman who owned it was allowed to keep her animals. It was not until her health started to decline years later that her family asked us to rescue the animals. It is always important to research a facility before you visit. Ask questions and find out why they exist and what their goals are.

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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
info@carolinatigerrescue.org

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  • 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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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. 

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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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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.

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Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!