Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 big cat sanctuary in North Carolina, whose mission is saving and protecting wildcats in captivity and in the wild. Carolina Tiger Rescue pursues its mission by providing lifelong homes to big cats rescued from inappropriate captive settings, and educating the public about what threatens these animals: in the wild, in the pet trade, and in the entertainment industry.
More than 13,000 people visit Carolina Tiger Rescue each year, learning about the issues affecting wildcats through guided tours and field trips. Research projects at Carolina Tiger Rescue are assisting conservation efforts in the wild and providing valuable information to colleges around the country about the rainforest habitat and about species represented at the facility. Carolina Tiger Rescue provides internships for students around the country, and provides community service opportunities to the local community.
WildTrack has been working with Carolina Tiger Rescue for several years and collected a database of tiger footprints from animals housed there. We currently have prints from more than 40 animals and these have created the foundation of our current Bengal tiger database. From this we have been able to extract algorithms to identify by individual, age-class and sex that have contributed towards our understanding of wild tiger populations.
Our paper on Amur tiger sex identification is published here:
Jiayin Gu, Sky K. Alibhai, Zoe C. Jewell, Guangshun Jiang, Jianzhang Ma (2014) Sex determination of Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) from footprints in snow.. Wildlife Society Bulletin 04/2014; DOI:10.1002/wsb.432