Trapper Ocelot


September 13, 2000

Born at
Carolina Tiger Rescue

Passed away
March 16, 2017

Trapper’s Story

Trapper was born here at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of the former breeding program. Trapper was a fan favorite here at Carolina Tiger. For many years, Trapper was a star on the tour route. He liked to hang out in the back of his enclosure, but when a tour came to his stop, he loved to come out and meet the guests. The moment guests were in earshot, Trapper would begin his ocelot grumble. Sometimes people would worry that Trapper was upset, but more often than not, I think he was just telling them about his day. When he was feeling particularly spry, he would balance on the PVC tube that covered his heating pad cords to make sure they you knew he was there and ready for his treat! 

Trapper’s Passing

March 17, 2017

I have sad news to share about Trapper Ocelot. A couple of years ago, we ran routine blood work on Trapper. Those test results showed the start of kidney disease. Kidney disease can either progress slowly or quickly. The best “treatment” for late-stage kidney disease or failure is hydration. This can be done either through an animal’s food or by giving them fluids subcutaneously (under their skin). Fortunately, our animals already receive a diet that is moist (as opposed to dry cat food) but they don’t always appreciate getting subq fluids.

We kept a close eye on Trapper and knew that eventually his kidneys would fail. During the past few months, we have watched him slow down more and more and begin to lose weight. Several weeks ago, we moved him off of the tour route and into a quieter enclosure. This week his disease had progressed to the point that euthanasia was necessary. 

As with any health care decision made at Carolina Tiger Rescue, we always want to make the right choice for our animals, even when that choice means saying good bye to an old friend. Trapper’s silly antics and engaging personality made him easy to love and will make him hard to forget.

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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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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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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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.