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International Tiger Day 2020

International Tiger Day 2020

A century ago there were an estimated 100,000 tigers in the wild. Now, fewer than 4,000 wild tigers remain. That’s less than the population of Pittsboro, North Carolina. Does that number shock you? It should!  Why are wild tigers disappearing?  Habitat...

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Get social with Carolina Tiger Rescue!

Get social with Carolina Tiger Rescue!

Get social with Carolina Tiger Rescue! Follow our social media profiles to see what we’re up to on a daily basis, learn about what it takes to be a true sanctuary, and enjoy pictures and videos of the animals we care for!  Facebook Twitter Instagram TikTok...

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Celebrate World Rainforest Day

Celebrate World Rainforest Day

It’s #WorldRainforestDay! Several of the animals we care for at Carolina Tiger Rescue are species native to rainforests around the world, so it’s important to do what we can to protect their native habitats.

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How YOU can help endangered big cats

How YOU can help endangered big cats

Did you know? Fewer than 4,000 tigers remain in the wild. Of the nine tiger subspecies, three are now extinct (Javan, Caspian, and Bali) and the South China tiger is considered functionally extinct (not found in the wild) with around 100 individuals living in captivity around the world. On this Endangered Species Day, we challenge you to
do what you can to help protect these and other endangered species around the world!

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A ROARING Thank You!

A ROARING Thank You!

Everyone at Carolina Tiger Rescue sends our great thanks to you for tuning in to meet the animals during our Facebook Live streams, contributing so generously to TWO matching gift campaigns, sending well wishes, and sharing Carolina Tiger Rescue’s social media posts with your friends and family. We could not have weathered this storm without you.

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Press Releases

Catch up with the cats – Carolina Tiger Rescue is Reopening!

Catch up with the cats – Carolina Tiger Rescue is Reopening!

Carolina Tiger Rescue will reopen its gates to the public beginning on June 5, ending what has become a long two-and-a-half months of partial shutdown due to COVID-19. Following Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase II guidelines, members of the public will be able to purchase tour tickets beginning next week.

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GFAS Accreditation

GFAS Accreditation

The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), awarded Accredited status to Carolina Tiger Rescue. Achieving GFAS Accreditation means that Carolina Tiger Rescue meets the criteria of a true sanctuary and is providing humane and responsible care of the animals. To be awarded Accreditation status, an organization must meet GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed animal care standards and also adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. The accreditation status provides a clear and trusted means for the public, donors and grantors to recognize Carolina Tiger Rescue as an exceptional sanctuary.

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Media Kit

Looking to do a story?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The contact person for marketing and public relations is Communications Director Louise Orr, 919-542-4684 x 3019. 
  • Carolina Tiger is open daily from 8:30am to 5:00pm. We are closed only on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Carolina Tiger does not permit the media to be present during a rescue/receiving new animals. This is one of the most dangerous times for a sanctuary, so only staff members are present. It is also an anxious time for the animals being transferred. They may have just completed a long journey in a cramped space and their whole world has changed within hours. 
  • New animals are immediately unloaded into quarantine, where they will undergo medical exams and evaluation. Quarantine typically lasts 3 to 4 weeks. It is also during this time that we assess each animal’s behavior and personality to determine whether they will be placed on the tour route or elsewhere in the sanctuary. During this time we do not permit anyone other than staff to visit the new animals.
  • We do have a professional photographer on staff, and we take pictures and video during rescues and quarantine. Reporters may request pictures and video during these times and we will be happy to supply them.
  • Carolina Tiger has numerous suggestions for story ideas.