Mona Tiger



September 5, 1998

September 5, 2008

Passed away
September 14, 2020

Mona’s Story

Mona and Moki 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.

Mona’s Passing

September 17, 2020

When an animal comes to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home, we never know exactly how long we will have with them. Sometimes we only have a few short months or years with them. Other times, we are grateful to have many years to watch them flourish and enjoy the good life. This week, after caring for her for many years, we had to say goodbye to Mona Tiger. Unfortunately her kidneys were no longer working properly and were impacting her health in multiple ways.  

Mona came to live at Carolina Tiger in 2008 with her enclosure mate, Moki. She lived to a very impressive age of 22 years old. In her 12 years at Carolina Tiger, we got to know a very confident and intelligent tiger. She was regularly the star of the show and would impress people with the many behaviors she had learned through operant conditioning. She was certainly the more domineering of the pair, often pushing Moki out of the way for treats, but not to worry. The keepers were aware of her ways and would shift them apart when good stuff came around.  

I know that many of you knew Mona from coming out on tours. She has been on the tour route since her arrival. Other than maybe being reluctant to leave a platform or perhaps a pool, she always loved to come up and greet guests. She was generous with her chuffles and had some of the most beautiful markings. Her image will live on in some of our most memorable pictures. We will of course keep a close eye on Moki and shower her with attention. Life will be different for all of us at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

Thank you for supporting us in giving wonderful animals like Mona a life long home.

With a heavy heart,

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

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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Virtual Field Trips

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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Group Volunteering

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.