Mona lives with her enclosure-mate, Moki, and is the more dominant of the two. It is difficult at times to tell Mona and Moki apart, which indicates they are most likely from the same litter of cubs. Mona has darker eyes than Moki and her eyebrows are simple thick lines above her eyes, while Moki has a dramatic, turned-up look to her eyebrows. Mona enjoys scaring vultures away from her enrichment for fun. She will often push Moki out of the way to get more treats, but the keepers are keen to her tricks and always ensure that Moki gets her fair share.

Born September 5, 1998
Rescued September 5, 2008

How Mona Came to the Sanctuary

Mona and Moki Tiger 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. Mona and Moki came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with two other tigers, Fenimore and Emerson.


Mona is more dominant than her sister, Moki. She eats first and will often growl or roar at Moki if she attempts to get enrichment first. Mona loves enrichment and will often quickly tear boxes apart to get to the goodies inside before Moki has a chance. We always ensure that there is enough for both of them and spread the enrichment out so that when Mona is engaged in her enrichment, Moki can get some as well.


Mona has more muted colors and fewer stripes than Moki. She is one of our smallest tigers, weighing about 200 pounds. Her small size could be due to her breeding, but most likely it is due to a lack of proper nutrition as a cub.

Where in Sanctuary

Mona lives on tour with her sister, Moki, in Pine Forest, next to Tasha Tiger. They are situated in a more wooded area of the sanctuary and they seem to enjoy the leafy shade. The "Mo" girls love to lounge under the trees while napping.

Roadside Zoos

Mona was rescued along with three other tigers, including her enclosure-mate, Moki, 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 facility before you visit. Ask questions and find out why they exist and what their goal is.

Panthera tigris

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.