For today’s installment, we travel to the ferocious, exotic jungles of North Carolina.  Here we will encounter some of the wildest animals ever found in animal sanctuaries in the U.S.

We begin our safari with the red ruffed lemur, a beautiful specimen of a beady-eyed lemur.  Native to the island of Madagascar, the red ruffed lemur is raised at the Duke Lemur Center, a sanctuary in Durham, NC that is dedicated to the protection and preservation of these endangered animals.

We were lucky enough to have an in-person experience with these animals during their feeding time (bananas and nutrient pellets).  Tom in particular got up close and personal with a few of these guys:

One woman got an even closer experience.  I bet she got some great pictures:

Back to our wondrous safari.  On a separate occasion, we traveled deep into the heart of North Carolina.  Pittsboro, to be exact.  We drove until we almost got lost, but through a thicket of trees, the Carolina Tiger Rescue emerged.  This place is a sanctuary for tigers from zoos or people’s backyards (having a pet tiger is unfortunately legal in North Carolina) who for one reason or another have nowhere else to go.  We did not get as close to the tigers as the lemurs (lemurs are much more tame animals), but we did get to see a bunch of tigers and other large cats up close.

Watch out!

No worries, it’s just a tiger having its treat, some raw chicken.  Yum!  His name is Raja and he’s one of the big tigers there.  Here’s another picture:

Next, we have a Binturong:

No need to worry, he’s a pretty docile creature.  And he’s pretty tired too (that link goes to a video I took).  Finally, we have (what I think is) an ocelot:

I hope you enjoyed the safari through the wild parts of North Carolina.  I know I did!

If you want to have the kind of adventure we had, we went on the hour-long Walking with Lemurs Tour at the Duke Lemur Center and hour and a half walking tour at the Carolina Tiger Rescue.