Loved going to visit the tigers! :) I definitely recommend going for a visit and donating to help with the cause!
My husband took me on a tour in October of '06, and I, basically, never left! :-) I've been a tour guide at Carolina Tiger Rescue since Jan of 2007. First, this is a cause that I believe very passionately in. I believe that it is vitally important to educate people about these amazing animals. Without places like Carolina Tiger Rescue, there would be no home for an increasing number of animals that NEVER should have been under private ownership, to begin with. I treasure the time I get to spend with the animals, getting to know them on a personal level. They have individual stories and personalities that have struck my heart. I have also been able to bring my daughter out, and introduce her to these beautiful creatures. If we don't educate the next generation, these animals won't be around for my grandchildren to admire...
Carolina Tiger Rescue is a safe haven for tigers, lions, servals, ocelots and other "carnivores" in need of a safe haven to spend the rest of their days. As a volunteer for over 5 years, I have watched the staff and other volunteers pour their hearts and souls into caring for the animals, protecting their welfare and educating the public through tours and outreach. Carolina Tiger is where I first looked deeply into the eyes of a leopard and saw something very tangible - intelligence, cunning, life. It's also a place I go to feel part of something bigger. To watch a child on a tour come face to face with this wonder, to meet an adult who just didn't know there are only 3000 tigers in the wild, to be a part of the process of helping these animals is the greatest gift I know.
Carolina Tiger Rescue gave me a life-altering experience in my time as a volunteer. I was both a tour guide and an animal care volunteer. As a tour guide, I learned how important it is to inform the public about conservation and endangered species, became more comfortable with public speaking, and began to recognize my desire to teach. In animal care, I was able to become more knowledgeable about the individual animals and species cared for, and discovered a passion for animal nutrition that led me to pursue a career in comparative nutrition. If it were not for Carolina Tiger Rescue, I may never have decided to enter graduate school to earn a PhD.