Our Mission:

Saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild through rescue and education. We work toward a day when wild cats are living in their native habitat and are not exploited by humans.

Rescue Efforts at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Our rescues come from private owners, mom and pop zoos, traveling circuses, and other facilities as a result of being abandoned, relinquished, or confiscated by the authorities.

Learn about our education programs


Saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild can only be achieved when members of the public become partners in our mission and our work. We welcome the opportunity to educate everyone about the animals and their rescue stories.

Learn about our advocacy efforts at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Advocacy is an important part of our mission at Carolina Tiger Rescue. As we continue to grow and expand the sanctuary, our advocacy efforts will continue to increase as well.

Carolina Corner

Find articles about Carolina Tiger Rescue and our animals
Stories, activities and fun for kids of all ages on our kid friendly website
Meet Beau, learn about Palm Oil and Earth Day in the Spring 2021 Paw Print

Signing up for our Paw Print Newsletter is the best way to stay in the know of what’s new at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

Meet our Animals

Meet our tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Tigers are the largest of all the cat species.

Meet our lions at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Lions are the second largest cat species, behind tigers.

Meet our servals at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Servals have long legs, large ears, spotted coats, and short tails.

Meet our cougars at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Cougars have over 70 different names.

meet our caracals at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Caracals are known for their large, black tufted ears.

Meet our ccelots at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Ocelots are excellent climbers and live most of their lives in trees.

Meet our kinkajous at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Kinkajous are important pollinators in their native habitat.

Meet our leopards at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Leopards take their prey up into trees to keep it safe from other predators.

Meet our bobcats at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Bobcats are adaptable cats that thrive in most areas.

Meet our coatimundis at Carolina Tiger Rescue


Coatimundis are members of the raccoon family - mainly out during the day.

Support Our Work

Gift Shop

Shop our Gift Shop

Gift Shop

Show your support of the cats with your purchase of Carolina Tiger Rescue swag!

Wish List

Purchase items off our Amazon Wish List

Wish List

As you can imagine, we need some very specific items to support our work! You can help by purchasing from our Wish List.


Find more ways to give to support the cats


Your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
(919) 542-4684
(919) 542-4454

Wildlife should be in the Wild



  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Public Tours

Twilight Tours

Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary. 

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Field Trips

Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips link

Virtual Field Trips

Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching “kids” of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our “Kid for a Day” Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

Our Rescues
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Keeper Stripes

Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual Volunteering

Group volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Group Volunteering

There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

Donate to Carolina Tiger Rescue


Big Cat Dinner Club Information

Big Cat Dinner Club

Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!