Magoo Ocelot


January 8, 2000

Born at
Carolina Tiger Rescue

Passed away
June 19, 2021

Magoo’s Story

Magoo was born as part of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s former breeding program. Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust, was originally founded to breed keystone species in hopes of one day releasing them into a safe environment, but that day never came. The animals who were born here will remain at Carolina Tiger Rescue for the rest of their lives.

Magoo’s Passing

June 19, 2021

I have sad news to share about Magoo Ocelot. We have been monitoring Magoo’s health and appetite over the past few weeks and he had a noticeable decline in appetite. Upon his last physical, we also noticed he showed signs of renal disease, so we were aware of the potential for kidney failure in the future. We frequently offered him a buffet of options and he even started to pass on his favorite foods. His disinterest in food made it hard to medicate him, so it became more difficult to manage his upset stomach. Keepers kept a close eye on him in the summer heat and even gave subcutaneous fluids and injectable medications, which unfortunately did not seem to improve his appetite or make him feel better. The decision was made to euthanize him. Upon necropsy, we found evidence of testicular cancer.
This will be the end of an era for the sanctuary and for everyone; Magoo was the last surviving ocelot at Carolina Tiger. For many years, we have enjoyed the antics of ocelots, seeing them hang out in their favorite trees, hearing the familiar sound of their grumbles, and smelling their unique scent well before approaching their enclosure. For several years, Magoo was one of the first animals people met on tour.
Even at the ripe age of 21, he was a fantastic hunter, luring in opossums and catching birds and snakes. His love of Axe body spray was well known and he would throw his entire body into somersaults rubbing himself in the smell. Another of Magoo’s favorite items was banana peels; he loved something about their smell. You may have seen some of Magoo’s Pawcassos, as he was an immersive painter. Nothing equaled the experience of watching him roll around and cover his body in paint and be as happy as can be.
We will all miss Magoo and can cherish memories of his bright and charismatic personality. Thank you for your support that allows us to provide lifelong homes for cats like Magoo.
With a heavy heart,
Lauren Humphries, Senior Animal Keeper

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.

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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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