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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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Our 2019-2020 Volunteers of the Year

Our 2019-2020 Volunteers of the Year

We love our volunteers! Last week was Volunteer Appreciation Week! We would normally host a Family Picnic where we recognize our volunteers of the year. Due to social distancing regulations because of COVID-19, we’re doing virtual shout-outs this year instead of...

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Ten Things You Need to Know about Captive Big Cats

Ten Things You Need to Know about Captive Big Cats

Carolina Tiger Rescue is aware of the sensationalized docuseries “Tiger King” that has grown in popularity over the last several weeks. While we are glad that the issue of captive big cats in the U.S. is currently at the forefront of popular culture, we...

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Spring 2020 Paw Print

Spring 2020 Paw Print

Meet Saber Tiger and other animals who were bred to be exploited as photo props or "pay to pet" cubs. Learn how you can make choices that align with your values and help keep more animals from being used for profit, and more.
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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

We want to thank everyone for their generous support of Carolina Tiger Rescue.  We have been overwhelmed by the supplies that have arrived to help keep the staff and the animals safe, as well for the financial contributions that have continued to come in.
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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.