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A Sustainability Double Play

Giving Back to the Community While Educatingcarolina-tiger-rescue

When most companies and individuals speak about sustainability, they typically focus solely on environmental sustainability.  The economic and social aspects of sustainability complete the triad, but some experts also like to include education as a fourth lever.  Having spent twenty years in manufacturing, I typically focus on environmental sustainability as well, but in the past two weeks, I started to incorporate a second dimension – social sustainability.

Volunteer at a NPO

Volunteering at a Non-Profit is a great way to give back to the community in which one operates, and is one of the main objectives of social responsibility.  My NPO of choice is the Carolina Tiger Rescue ( ).  Located in Pittsboro, NC, the rescue was founded by Dr. Michael Bleyman in 1981 to preserve the genes of certain threatened and endangered animals in the order Carnivora.  As other animal organizations began actively working to conserve these same carnivores, CTR refocused its mission toward rescuing and providing sanctuary for wild cats to ensure the survival of these important species.

I first experienced the rescue over a year ago when I signed my family up to take a guided tour, and instantly fell in love.  I’ve never been so close to tigers and lions – literally observing them from only three feet away.  In addition, the Rescue is home to some exotic carnivores I didn’t even know existed: caracals, ocelots, servals, binturongs, kinkajous and a bobcat.  Don’t be mistaken, this is not a zoo.  Educating the public about conservation is an important element of CTR’s overall mission. 

Donations Welcome

The Carolina Tiger Rescue receives no government funding.  The majority of their support comes from individual donations.   Everything needed to run the facility, from the tools, to the vehicles, to the food, is donated either as a material item or purchased via a cash contribution.  If you, or the organization you work for, are interested in making a donation, please   contact me or the rescue directly to see how donations can be made. 

I encourage everyone residing in or visiting the Raleigh-Durham area to schedule a guided tour of the rescue.  You will walk away with a greater appreciation and understanding of these carnivores, and will witness some truly beautiful, exotic animals.