Riley and her sister Mila are currently the youngest tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Riley really enjoys enrichment, especially if it means tearing up boxes. Riley tends to be a bit more dominant between her and and her sister, Mila, and will at times push Mila out of the way to get more attention. She loves her neighbor Max Tiger and they can often be found chuffling back and forth to one another. 

Born November 1, 2014
Rescued December 11, 2016

How Riley Came to the Sanctuary

Riley came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her sister Mila and 13 other animals from a facility out west.  The owner decided to sell his land and donate his animals when he became ill.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. This is the largest rescue to date in Carolina Tiger Rescue's history and the largest rescue of big cats in the United States.


Riley is a very confident, personable tiger who LOVES attention.  She is full of chuffles and has a lot to say!  Like her sister, Mila, Riley loves enrichment, especially extracts and scents.  


Riley is a bit slimmer and taller than her sister Mila.  She looks like she is always squinting and that is due to not being born with eyelids and the resulting surgery.  This does not seem to have any affect on her eyesight or health.  Riley also has several notches in each ear.

Where in Sanctuary

Riley lives with her sister Mila in Pine Forest.  Max Tiger lives on one side of them, Tasha Tiger is across the path, as are Mona and Moki Tigers. Just down the road from Mila and Riley are Roscoe and Camilla Tigers.

Tiger Parts

The unfortunate truth is that most wild animals are often worth more dead than alive.  A tiger's worth grows exponentially once it's dead because every part of a tiger’s body, including the ground it dies on can be harvested and sold for a profit.  A dead tiger is worth up to $50,000-$60,000 on the black market.  A tiger’s eyes alone can be sold for over $200 to those who believe they can help cure epilepsy in traditional Chinese medicine.   In the last 100 years, poaching has led to the decline of 97% of the tiger’s wild population. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support - either directly or indirectly - those who use tiger parts in any form or any who are involved in the buying, selling, or trading of tigers and their parts.

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