Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly the Carnivore Preservation Trust, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

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Tarzan arrived at Carolina Tiger Rescue in November, 2010; part of a group of 3 lions and 3 tigers that were rescued when the Wild Animal Orphanage (WAO), a large sanctuary in Texas, closed its doors due to funding issues.

He was originally housed at a beachside hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, near Cancun. He was allowed full run of the hotel until he was nearly a year old. At that time the owner put him in a small, 3X6X3 cage out in front of the hotel, where he lived for the next two years. Thankfully an American tourist noticed his plight and took steps to have the owner surrender him. With help of a local animal group, Tarzan was moved to the U.S. in 2003.

Tarzan in Mexico before WAO rescue. (photo from WAO profile)

Sebastian and Tarzan were neutered before they reached sexual maturity, so they do not have manes.

Photo/s courtesy of Maria de Bruyn, ©Carolina Tiger Rescue