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NC Animal Rescue - Carnivore Preservation Trust
Carnivore Preservation Trust
Rajah the Tiger
Preservation Trust www.cptigers.org
Carnivore Preservation Trust (Pittsboro)
1940 Hanks Chapel Road,
Pittsboro, NC 27312
The Carnivore Preservation Trust located in beautiful Pittsboro, NC is a
nonprofit animal sanctuary offering guided tours by reservation only on
weekends (call for days/hours). $ Admission Fee, free ages 3 and under.
The tours are guided by a trained docent and include tigers, leopards,
jaguars, ocelots, and other exotic carnivore species. These educational
tours allow you to view the animals up close (as close as five feet),
and last approximately an hour and a half to two hours. An example of
the rescued animals are the Tiger cubs, Kaela and Raja whom the Trust
rescued in May 2005. (The cubs were 9 months old in May, 2005). In the
Summer of 2009, the Carnivore Preservation Trust rescued
an abandoned Serval cat (dubbed "Elvis") found on their doorstep.
See photos and
read more about the Carnivore Preservation Trust rescued animals.
|Summer 2009 Press
The following press release was
issued by the Carnivore Preservation Trust
Pittsboro, NC on 4/27/09
Contact: Pam Fulk, Executive Director
Telephone: 919-619-0011 (cell)
Carnivore Preservation Trust
Finds Abandoned Serval on ?Doorstep?
Pittsboro -- Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT) Curator of Mammals,
Kathryn Bertok, awoke to a strange sight Monday morning. While walking
her dogs, she discovered that someone had left a full grown serval in an
animal crate at the staff entrance to CPT. Pinned to his crate was a
typed note, giving the serval's name (Elvis) and a few details about his
history. No other information was included, including contact
A serval is a medium-sized cat, native to Sub-Saharan Africa. The
serval's coat color is pale yellow, marked with black spots on sides,
back, neck, and shoulders. They have long, slim legs, an elongated neck,
and large ears ? all attributes that make it well suited for hunting in
Bertok had Elvis serval examined late Monday morning by a local
veterinarian. Elvis was determined to be about two years old and
significantly undernourished, weighing a fraction of what he should
have. He showed evidence of a collar having grown in to his skin at some
point, permanent scarring on his forehead where he likely continually
rubbed a cage or crate, and serious atrophy in his hind legs. Taken
together, these findings suggest that Elvis has spent a great deal of
his time caged in very confined quarters. Blood test results will not be
available until later this week.
This case illustrates what often happens with private ownership of
exotic cats like Elvis. Clearly the owner either seriously neglected his
needs, or was not educated about the nutritional and territorial needs
of a serval. In addition, proper veterinary care was either not provided
at all, or not by someone educated about this species and their needs
(or veterinary recommendations were ignored).
Executive Director Pam Fulk said, ?CPT is not designed to be a ?drop
off' rescue facility like a domestic animal shelter. Our quarantine
facility is currently occupied by the two tigers whom we rescued less
than two weeks ago and will not be available for another two weeks.
Dropping Elvis off at our doorstep has forced us to manage his
quarantine care under less professional animal husbandry practices to
avoid the more unwelcome choice of euthanizing him outright. I encourage
those who wish to relinquish their exotic cats to contact CPT and
request rescue through the proper arrangements to preserve the health
and safety of both animals and staff.?
Bertok says she is looking forward to seeing Elvis blossom as he is
provided the healthy nutrition, sunshine, and large outdoor play space
that servals need. He is expected to gain his healthy weight and regain
good hind leg strength in the months to come, provided no surprises
arise from his blood test results. Elvis's initial quarantine and
veterinary expenses are expected to be around $1,000, and CPT will
continue to raise funds to support him for the rest of his life.
Those interested in donating to CPT may do so online by visiting
www.cptigers.org and clicking on ?Donations?. To ensure the full
donation goes to Elvis's rescue, donors can mail their checks made
payable to CPT to 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312. Donors can
designate their gift to ?Elvis? for this rescue, or leave their gift
undesignated to be used for the care of all of the animals at CPT. Any
designated funds not expended for this rescue will be applied to the
next CPT rescue.
Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT) is a nonprofit located in Pittsboro,
NC. The 55-acre sanctuary is home to 80 animals, including tigers,
ocelots, binturongs, and more. CPT provides rescue and sanctuary for
certain species of carnivores, primarily cats, as well as conservation
education to the public through public and private tours, specialty
tours, birthday parties, and community presentations and exhibits.
For more information call 919-542-4684 or visit www.cptigers.org.
CPT's tours are available by reservation only.
SERVING ANIMALS / PROMOTING ANIMAL WELFARE
P.O. Box 1326, Pittsboro, NC 27312
| Chatham County
charitable Food Pantry organization depends on grants and private donor
support to help feed Chatham County residents, including Chatham County
children and families. According to the CORA Food Pantry 2009
Annual Review, "More than 30% of Chatham County's children live in
poverty. And 45% of them are eligible for free or reduced cost
lunches. Summer is an especially difficult time for children from
low income families. Many of us think of summer as a time of
enjoyment for children.
Summer 2009: Read about "Elvis,"
the abandoned Serval cat left at Carnivore Preservation Trust's
more Animal Welfare & Rescue
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