Roscoe is a handsome tiger and one you would expect to see stalking through the forests of South West Asia. He has a deep orange coat with bright black stripes. This dapper fellow though is very anxious and requires a very quiet enclosure away from the tour path. Roscoe loves the attention from the keepers, staff members, and few volunteers but this introvert enjoys a more quiet life than some of our other residents. Roscoe often looks to his enclosure mate Camilla for reassurance when he gets a bit nervous. When he is feeling his best Roscoe loves rolling in his mud pit and chasing the vultures away.
How Roscoe Came to the Sanctuary
Roscoe arrived at Carolina Tiger Rescue with Camilla tiger and Roman and Reina lions on 6/26/2012. He originally came from a private breeder in Michigan and was the last cub in the litter. The owner intended to get rid of him, but the Ohio sanctuary RescueOne stepped in and gave him a home. However, RescueOne was later forced to close its doors due to financial hardship and inability to meet new legal regulations. Ohio toughened their laws regarding exotic pet ownership following a 2011 incident in Zanesville, OH. A private owner had released 56 of his lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, leopards, and bears before committing suicide. Unfortunately, law enforcement was forced to lethally dispatch the 49 animals that had escaped due to concerns for public safety. The following year, Ohio banned private ownership of dangerous wild animals. RescueOne could not keep up with the new legislation and decided to close its doors and found homes for all of its animals. Carolina Tiger Rescue took in 6 of their animals, 2 tigers, 2 lions, and 2 cougars.
Roscoe is a shy tiger who does not like large groups of people so you won't see him on tour. When he's nervous he sometimes hides behind his enclosure mate Camilla, even though she's smaller than he is! Because of this, animal care staff works with Roscoe through a training program called operant conditioning. This type of training helps him feel more confident and relaxed and has made quite a difference since his arrival. Roscoe also loves sitting in his pool, hunting for meat hidden around his enclosure, and socializing (through the fence) with his neighbor Fenimore tiger.
Roscoe is an extremely handsome tiger who has very stunning black stripes. He has a very smooth coat and a spot on his nose that he enjoys rubbing on his fence so often the hair has worn off.
Roscoe is located on Pine Forest with his enclosure mate Camilla. They are off tour because Roscoe gets very nervous around new and large groups of people. They are just down the path from Mila and Riley Tigers, and Tasha Tiger.
Legislation in the United States
The United States currently does not have any legislation on the ownership of big cats and other exotic animals. It is left up to the states to pass legislation. Currently 30 states ban the private ownership of big cats, 14 require a permit, and 5 do not have any legislation against the ownership of big cats.
Roscoe and Camilla came to Carolina Tiger Rescue as a direct result in the changing of legislation in Ohio. RescueOne, their former home, was forced to close after Ohio became the center of national attention when a resident of theirs in Zanesville, Ohio with 55 exotic animals, in October of 2011 let them all out. The result at the end of the day was 49 dead animals of 7 different species, including 18 tigers and 17 lions. After this incident Ohio decided they needed statewide legislation to ensure that this could not happen again. As a result RescueOne who was also running into financial trouble, could not keep up with the changing laws, was forced to close.
With no nationwide and in some cases, statewide legislation there is no definitive answer as to how many tigers live in the United States. The estimate is somewhere between 5,000-10,000 tigers living in the United States with most of these living in people's backyards or in roadside zoos. Without proper legislation incidents like the one in Zanesville, Ohio will continue to happen.