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Moki’s Story

Moki and Mona Tiger came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from a roadside zoo in Missouri that closed down after it lost its license. A volunteer at the facility had been attacked by another tiger and the authorities decided the facility was not safe. Mona and Moki came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with two other tigers, Fenimore and Emerson.

Moki’s Passing

December 15, 2020

Just a few months ago, we had to say goodbye to Mona Tiger. This week we had another hard goodbye for her beloved enclosure-mate, Moki. Both girls lived to see 22 years of age, which is impressive for a tiger. Moki had a rapid decline in the past couple weeks, showing signs of neurological changes. She was having more and more trouble walking and was getting weaker as the days progressed. It wasn’t and easy decision to make, but we knew that her body was not going to be able to support her spirit and we needed to let her go.

Moki was a bit more reserved than Mona, but that certainly didn’t mean that she didn’t enjoy the simple pleasures of a tiger’s life. Moki enjoyed enrichment and special treats from visitors. She enjoyed coming to the fence and talking with tour guests. Recently she found a firehose hammock and decided it was the best place to soak up some rays. Right up to the end, she was full of chuffles and would follow us up and down her fence line to see what we were doing or if we had any yummy treats for her.

Moki and Mona will be greatly missed. they have been ambassadors for tigers everywhere. I now that many of us will miss Moki’s beautiful eyes, her fantastic stripes, and her happy disposition. For me, it was hard to see Moki without Mona. her passing gives me a bit of peace that she is no longer by herself after having her sidekick by her side for 22 years. 

Moki’s death marks the end of a chapter for us. Moki, Mona and two other tigers, Emerson and Fenimore, all came to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home after a facility closed in Missouri, hence how the Mo Girls got their names. With the loss of Moki, we close a chapter on that rescue. Twelve years ago we opened our doors to bring them home. Now it is time to offer them all a loving farewell. 

Thank you for supporting the animals. We know that it’s never easy to hear of their passing, but know that it means we have done what we promised – we have offered them a safe and loving home for the rest of their lives. It is with your support we that we are able to do that. 

With much appreciation,

Kathryn Bertok, Assistant Director

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
info@carolinatigerrescue.org

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  • 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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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.

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Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!