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 September 17, 2005

Rescued September 18, 2008

How Madonna Came to the Sanctuary

Madonna was rescued with her relative, Tears Tiger (specific relation unclear), from a private home in Alabama in August 2014. Her elderly owner had previously operated a roadside zoo, but the facility had long since closed and fallen into disrepair. Carolina Tiger 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 both 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. Madonna has also become friends with her neighbor Emerson and they chuffle to one another often. 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 in Pine Forest. She is next door to Mona and Moki Tigers and across the path from Roscoe and Camilla Tigers. Madonna is not on tour yet, as she is getting adjusted to her new enclosure.

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.  

Panthera tigris