Tiger Haven

Last updated
Tiger Haven
Tiger Haven Inc
FormationSeptember 1991;31 years ago (1991-09)
Type Nonprofit
Legal status 501(c)(3)
Headquarters Kingston, Tennessee
Website https://www.tigerhaven.org/

Tiger Haven is a non-profit 501(c)3 sanctuary for big cats in Roane County, Tennessee. The sanctuary has been in operation since September 1991.


As of December 2020, Tiger Haven reports having over 250 animals in sanctuary, all but 10 of which are tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. The remaining 10 includes servals, caracals, and bobcats. [1] The sanctuary houses rescued animals deemed to be abused, abandoned or neglected. The facility occupies a 200-acre (81 ha) property. Tiger Haven has never been a roadside zoo by being open to the public and does not exploit the animals by public exhibition and never has. Tiger Haven does no commercial activity with any animal. Tiger Haven is a true sanctuary, with no buying, selling, breeding, loaning of any animal.

The facility is operated by Tiger Haven, Inc. The facility is a non profit IRS 501(c)3 non-profit. In 1991 it was granted a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency permit allowing it to keep tigers and other big cats on the premises. The animals receive regular veterinary care from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM), including on-site visits to sanctuary premises. [2] In 2011, the UTCVM class of 2014 voted to donate proceeds from the first UT College of Veterinary Medicine Charity Golf Classic to benefit Tiger Haven. [3]


Neighbors of the facility expressed concern that animals might escape and could be heard. However, the lawsuit was dismissed in March 2013.

Related Research Articles

The term "big cat" is typically used to refer to any of the five living members of the genus Panthera, namely the tiger, lion, jaguar, leopard, and snow leopard, as well as the non-pantherine cheetah and cougar.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lincoln Memorial University</span> Private university in Harrogate, TN

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a private university in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU's 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) campus borders on Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. As of fall 2019, it had 1,975 undergraduate and 2,892 graduate and professional students.

The Virginia–Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is a state-supported college of two states, Virginia and Maryland, filling the need for veterinary medicine education in both states. Students from both states are considered "in-state" students for admissions purposes.

The Wildlife WayStation was a 160-acre animal sanctuary (65 ha) in Sylmar, California in northern Los Angeles County dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wild and exotic animals. A charitable corporation located within the boundaries of Angeles National Forest, the facility was founded in 1976 by animal activist Martine Colette, who resigned in May 2019 as president and chief operating officer.

TOM is the name of three Bengal Tigers which have served as the mascot of the University of Memphis Tigers since 1972. The most recent, TOM III, was a beloved Bengal Tiger mascot for the University of Memphis during one of the most glorious periods in University and athletics history. He died on September 18, 2020, less than three weeks after his 12th birthday. The Tigers' football team also has a costumed mascot called Pouncer.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University</span>

Centennial Campus is a research park and educational campus owned and operated by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. Composed of two locations, the 1,334 acres (5.4 km2) property provides office and lab space for corporate, governmental and not-for-profit entities, in addition to providing space for 75 university research centers, institutes, laboratories and departmental units. Currently, 5,000,000 sq ft (460,000 m2) of constructed space has been built. Upon completion, Centennial Campus is anticipated to have 9,000,000 sq ft (840,000 m2) of constructed space.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Carolina Tiger Rescue</span> Zoo in North Carolina, United States

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a nonprofit wildcat sanctuary in Pittsboro, North Carolina, that offers public tours and field trips and is home to rescued tigers, lions, cougars, leopards, caracals, servals, bobcats and other wild animals. Over 20,000 visitors come to the sanctuary each year for guided tours, field trips, summer camps, volunteering and corporate work groups. Their mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. They work toward a day when wild cats are living in their native habitat and are not exploited by humans. Carolina Tiger Rescue is Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) and USDA accredited. The Executive Director is Kris Marino.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Cat Tales Zoological Park</span> Zoo in Washington, United States

Cat Tales Wildlife Center formerly Cat Tales Zoological Park is a USDA Licensed - Class C - Exhibitor that helps rescue and protect big cats and Northwest wildlife. It is located in Mead, Washington. As the need for forever homes constantly changes 2020 increased the sanctuary count to twenty one various felines, including bobcat, lynx, puma, lion, Siberian tiger, Bengal tiger, and white tiger. Along with two black bears, and twelve various canines, including arctic fox, red fox, coyote, and wolfdog.

Animals used by laboratories for testing purposes are largely supplied by dealers who specialize in selling them to universities, medical and veterinary schools, and companies that provide contract animal-testing services. It is comparatively rare that animals are procured from sources other than specialized dealers, as this poses the threat of introducing disease into a colony and confounding any data collected. However, suppliers of laboratory animals may include breeders who supply purpose-bred animals, businesses that trade in wild animals, and dealers who supply animals sourced from pounds, auctions, and newspaper ads. Animal shelters may also supply the laboratories directly. Some animal dealers, termed Class B dealers, have been reported to engage in kidnapping pets from residences or illegally trapping strays, a practice dubbed as bunching.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) is a 459-acre wildlife refuge for abused, abandoned, and neglected big cats.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Exotic Feline Rescue Center</span>

The Exotic Feline Rescue Center (EFRC) is an American exotic feline preserve established in 1991 and located in Center Point, Indiana.

The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, alternatively known as the G.W. Zoo, Tiger King Park and formerly the Garold Wayne Exotic Animal Memorial Park, was an animal park displaying predominantly tigers and other big cats in Wynnewood, Oklahoma, United States. The park garnered substantial public attention due to the 2020 Netflix documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which focused on park founder and owner Joe Exotic.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary</span> Zoo in California, United States

The Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary is a zoo and animal sanctuary located in the city of Folsom, California, in the United States, which has been open since 1963. The facility differs from traditional zoos and is more like a sanctuary in the way the animals are acquired and the care they receive. Though the facility allows visitors like a traditional zoo, the animals are not bred, sold, or traded.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tabby's Place</span> Cat sanctuary in New Jersey, United States

Tabby's Place is a cat sanctuary situated in Ringoes, New Jersey, United States. Opened in 2003, it can house approximately 100 cats, which come primarily from high-volume public animal shelters where they have been scheduled to be killed.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Big Cat Rescue</span> American non-profit organization

Big Cat Rescue Corp., also known as BCR and previously known as Wildlife on Easy Street, Inc., operates an animal sanctuary in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States, which rescues and houses exotic cats, and rehabilitates injured or orphaned native wild cats. It was founded by Don Lewis and Carole Baskin in 1995.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Western University College of Veterinary Medicine</span>

The Western University College of Veterinary Medicine is a non-profit, private, veterinary medical school at Western University of Health Sciences located in Pomona, in the US state of California. The college consists of about 400 veterinary medical students, and confers the degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The college was established in 1998 as the first veterinary school to open in the country in 20 years. The college is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

The Davinci Foundation for Animals (DFA) is an American 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists animals in need, both locally and globally. The Foundation is funded through donations and through the support of the arts, which includes but is not limited to artists, authors, musicians, and entertainers. The foundation is the creator of "Davinci Artist/s", a rescue movement that supports and inspires artists of all fields to support rescue and animal welfare through their work.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation</span> Mexican unlicensed wildlife facility

The Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation is an unregistered and unlicensed non-profit 501(c)(3) wildlife facility located in Mexico. BJWT hosts big cats as well as dogs and other animals. BJWT was shut down by Mexican authorities on July 5, 2022, due to a viral video showing the cats eating themselves alive.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Carole Baskin</span> American conservationist

Carole Ann Baskin is an American animal rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit animal sanctuary based near Tampa, Florida. She has attracted the attention of local, national and international media outlets to the plight of captive big cats.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Taylor Bailey</span> American soccer player

Taylor Logan Bailey is an American soccer player who currently plays for Oakland Roots in the USL Championship.


  1. Tiger Haven website, accessed November 13, 2012
  2. "Tiger Haven". University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  3. "Class of 2014 Hosts Golf Tourney to Support Big Cat Sanctuary" (PDF). Veterinary Vision Newsletter. University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. 2012. p. 12. Retrieved 14 November 2012.