Shira is a playful tiger.  She was rescued along with three other tigers, Tio, Yanaba, and Kaari, in April of 2018.  Shira has enjoyed all the new experiences at Carolina Tiger Rescue and typically just goes with the flow.

Born September 3, 2007

Rescued April 6, 2018

How Shira Came to the Sanctuary

Shira was rescued along with three other tigers, Kaari, Yanaba, and Tio, from a facility in the southwestern part of the United States in April 2018. Due to limited details and the ongoing situation, not much else is known about where the four tigers came from. Her name when she first arrived was Yashira. Carolina Tiger Rescue decided to shorten it to Shira to prevent confusion between her and the two girls she came with, who were named Yakira (then changed to Kaari) and Yanaba. Kaari passed away in February 2019.


Despite her age, Shira is quite playful. She enjoys running around and exploring her enclosure. She loves new enrichment and basking in her pool. Shira is very food-motivated and is settling into her new life here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. She loves to stalk up at the fence or from far away. She will most likely be at the fence to greet you or stalk you. She used to live with Kaari and Yanaba and was sometimes too playful with Kaari. Kaari would tell her right away how she felt about that. Shira loves to be sneaky and hide behind platforms, trees, and even water dishes. She is very curious and is the first one to check things out. When Shira got her first pool, she went right in. She enjoys taking a dip on hot days.


Shira has a dark fluffy coat. She seems to be a little shorter in stature. Her face is smaller and her snout is shorter and slightly more narrow.

Where in Sanctuary

Shira lives on Oak Hill with Saber Tiger. Shira and Saber live with Carolina, India, and Caprichio Tiger on one side and Roman and Reina Lion on the other. They are across the tour path from Talon Bobcat. Shira and Saber are along the tour path.

Rescues with Little Information

The four tigers, Shira, Yanaba, Kaari, and Tio, who came from the southwestern part of the United States came from a sensitive situation and not many details were provided. In some situations, we have lots of information and can plan ahead of time, while others pop up quickly and require discretion. The important thing is that these animals now are in their forever home and have nothing to worry about, except when the food truck is coming.

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