Carolina Tiger Rescue

Last summer, we took our sons to visit the Carolina Tiger Rescue, a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary. Their mission is to work toward a day when all wild cats live in a sustainable, native environment, and, when that is not possible, to rescue wild cats in captivity from bad situations, to provide them with lifelong sanctuary where they will be treated humanely and with respect, and to educate the public about their plight.

In addition to tigers, they currently provide homes for lions, cougars, caracals, servals, ocelots, bobcats, binturongs, kinkajous, and black leopards. Many of the cats were saved from misguided people who often mistreated them while forcing them to perform or trying to keep them as pets. We were deeply affected by the cats we met there, their stories, and the people who are working so hard to save wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

If you’d like to learn more about the rescue or the cats who live there (and see some much better pictures than my few snap shots), click on the hyper link above or visit their Facebook page at!/CarolinaTigerRescue

They discovered Nitro was blind shortly after they took him in, so they made him sanded paths and scent-marked his water bowl.

Rajaji – before our tour guide coaxed him to come say hello to the group.

Rajaji and our guide, demonstrating how just a scent sprayed on a bit of cardboard can entertain a tiger.

I think it was something by Calvin Klein and he really liked it.

Albert, the kinkajou. Our tour guide just fed him some honey and he was still licking the fence.

Coda, the binturong, waiting for the banana he knows is in our guide’s pocket.

Magoo, the ocelot.

Jelly Bean was given up by a zoo that considered him a “surplus” cub.

Jelly Bean has enormous paws (but no claws).

Jelly Bean relaxing in front of his admiring fans.

Nitro again. He really seemed to like visiting with the group.

Lucky liked Gerber’s baby food.

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  1. Great Captures, should you ever get to Branson, MO., there is a National Tiger Sanctuary on the way there off of Hwy 65 South.

  2. Beautiful post – thanks for sharing – loving your photos:) I feel bad for Jelly Bean with having no claws and at least not out in the wild and was rescued. Have a sanctuary like this here and the people there work hard for those animals. Have a Great Day!

    • It makes me feel good that there are so many people (including all their volunteers) that are willing to work so hard to try to save these animals, too. Thanks!

  3. Beautiful pictures and animals — so wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. We’ve visited a few similar sanctuaries, and to hear these animals’ stories, well… Huge THANKS for these most amazing people who have rescued and cared for them. Much to my sadness I learned about the permanent damage and pain caused by declawing, and the horrific private minimum enclosure requirements for big cats in some states. Appalling. Here’s to hoping that education, humane treatment, and laws shall prevail… ♥

  4. Gosh, those cats are gorgeous. It’s hard to imagine mistreating such majestic animals.

  5. TimCC

     /  June 5, 2012

    This is just a sweet post. Those photographs are like footprints. Cool.

  6. Gorgeous! Now I’m thinking of a road trip!

  7. Beautiful shots of some stunning animals. Thanks for sharing.

  8. beautiful animals, great photography=could you recommend a digital camera with a good zoom for close up nature photo-i study insects, flowers etc and my zoom just doesnt do what I need-i have an old zoom lens 35 mm but dont want to go back to the limitations of film buying and not being able to easily get it on line…

  9. Jelly Bean is awesome. Wow.

  10. Gorgeous but sad photos. Such magnificent animals.

  11. People!

  12. This post was touching and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Amazing photos. They are beautiful creatures no doubt and the thought of them living in abusive situations is so sad. This rescue facility truly is doing a great service. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  14. These places are heartbreaking, but nice at the same time. I wanna take them all home.


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