Moki is a little more shy than her enclosure mate, Mona. Moki and Mona look nearly identical, which indicates they are most likely sisters. The easiest way to tell Moki apart from Mona is the notch in Moki’s left ear. Moki enjoys chasing vultures and tearing up her enrichment. Moki and Mona are great tigers to see on tour; they love to come up to visit the group and will “chuffle” at most anyone who comes by.
Born September 5, 1998
Rescued September 5, 2008
How Moki Came to the Sanctuary
Moki and Mona Tigers came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from a roadside zoo in Missouri that closed down after it lost its license. A volunteer at the facility had been attacked by another tiger, and the authorities decided the facility was not safe. Moki and Mona came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with two other tigers, Fenimore and Emerson. When Moki first arrived her name was Kira, but because she shared the same name as one of our employees, her name was changed to Moki. We now refer to Mona and Moki as the “MO” girls.
Moki is often very unsure of herself and is less confident than her sister, Mona. With recent operant training, however, Moki is coming out of her shell and becoming more sure of herself. Moki loves enrichment and spending summer days either on her hammock or lounging in her pool.
Moki has a very dark orange coat and weighs in at just around 300 pounds. This small size for a tiger is likely due to a lack of proper nutrition as a cub. Moki is distinguishable from her sister by her very dramatic eyebrows - thick, black lines that curve up.
Moki is located with her sister Mona in Pine Forest, across from Aria Tiger and next to Madonna Tiger. Mona and Moki have been known to pick on their neighbors, so a visual barrier was put up to limit their contact with Madonna. While shadows can be seen through the barrier, Madonna does not seemed phased by the Mo girls and will often run up and down the fence, getting the Mo girls to chase her.
Moki was rescued along with three other tigers, including her enclosure mate, Mona, from a roadside zoo in Missouri. “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. It is always important to research a place before you visit. Ask questions and find out why they exist and what their goal is.