Rajah, South Carolina tiger

Rajah, a North Carolina tiger whose rescue made national headlines, has died


Rajah was first found on the side of a county road outside Charlotte in 2005. He and Kaela, another tiger found by his side, were about 6 months old. Rajah spend the remainder of his life at Carolina Tiger Rescue Sanctuary in Pittsboro, NC. 

Rajah, one of the best-known tigers at a North Carolina sanctuary, has died 16 years after his rescue made national headlines.

In 2005, Rajah was found wandering on the side of a road outside Charlotte with a 6-month-old tiger cub by his side.

In the years that followed, he became a favorite and, for many, the face of Carolina Tiger Rescue in Chatham County.

One of the first animals that visitors would meet, he would walk on his side of the fence, offering tour groups a “chuffle” or exhalation of air that is a sort-of tiger greeting, said Louise Orr, spokesperson for the sanctuary formerly known as Carnivore Preservation Trust.

“We feel incredibly lucky to have known him for the 16 years he was with us,” she said.

The full article was published by News Observer on February 23, 2021.