Why is education important?

At Carolina Tiger Rescue, we believe that education is the key to stopping the exploitation of wild cats.  Many times people unknowingly engage in behaviors that negatively impact wild cats.  They may have taken a picture with a tiger cub, but didn’t consider what would happen to that cub when they were too big to be handled.  They may have gone to the circus and watched tigers perform amazing feats, but didn’t realize the tiger then lived most of their lives in a tiny cage in the back of a semi-truck.  We believe in the concept that once you know better, you do better.    

How do we educate people?

Education is not a one-size-fits-all concept.  Our audience includes people of all ages who are just beginning to learn about these amazing animals while others are walking encyclopedias!  There are people who are nervous about meeting our cats and others that have waited a lifetime to meet them.  We have programs that can help encourage learning no matter your background.    

What kind of education programs do you offer?

There are an incredible number of ways to learn more about our animals.  Here are just a few!

  • Public tours – ideal of people of any age to meet and learn about our animals
  • Tiger Tales – shorter tours created for children between the ages of 2-7
  • Summer Camps – week long adventure for school age children 
  • Home School programs – a 4 week STEM based program (Enclosure Design or Enrichment Design
  • Field Trips to Go – the next best thing to coming to visit us!  
  • Community Booths and Presentations – learn about our animals at local events
  • And so much more! Take a look around our website and you can learn more about the issues these species face both in captivity and in the wild.  You can also learn more the individual animals that we for every day. 

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 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

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.

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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.

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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.

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Red Wolves
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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

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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.