Carolina Tiger Rescue’s mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.  We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild. Therefore, 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 and Population Management plans. Lastly, 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.  

In order to be true to our mission and values, Carolina Tiger Rescue focuses on three main areas.  

Rescue

One of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s chief activities is rescuing animals in need across the country. Every animal that comes to Carolina Tiger will spend the rest of their life with us. We rescue animals from private individuals who have realized that wild animals do not make good pets. Some of our animals have come from facilities that have closed due to financial issues. Others were confiscated by law enforcement and needed a new home. Sometimes they are just abandoned. Though each animal had a different story before they came to us, we hope once they call Carolina Tiger home, they all share the same story of being happy and healthy for the rest of their lives.  

Education

Education is one of the most important activities that we do on a daily basis. We educate the public through our tours and community presentations and exhibits. We educate children and students through field trips and summer camps. Finally, we educate college students through alternative spring breaks and pre-professionals through internships. We want everyone who leaves Carolina Tiger Rescue to know what they can do to protect wild cats, both in captivity and in the wild. 

Advocacy

Advocacy covers a broad range of activities. Carolina Tiger Rescue primarily focuses on educating groups and businesses about the ways their activities and decisions impact wild animals, particularly wild cats. For example, a church or business bringing in wild animal entertainment for an event may not understand the implications. Traveling entertainment acts perpetuate the wild pet trade, including the indiscriminate breeding of wild animals (fueling the need for wild animal sanctuaries), generally poor animal-welfare practices, and risk public safety. Marketing depicting wild animals interacting with humans or in cutesy ways belies how dangerous they really are. 

We encourage people to refrain from cub petting or cub photo businesses, to refrain from visiting facilities that breed wild animals or use them in commercial ways, and to advocate for ordinances and laws that ban neighbors from privately owning wild cats.

On occasion, Carolina Tiger contacts particular businesses or groups and requests that they not use a wild cat for an event, that they change the way an ad or publication appears, or to take some other action to support the respectful treatment of wild cats. 

When called upon, we also assist legislators and other policy-makers as they pursue legislation and ordinances that ensure public safety and animal welfare.

 

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

Rescue

Education

  • 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.

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Field Trips

Field Trips

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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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BOBCATS

Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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CARACALS

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COATIMUNDIS

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COUGARS

Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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KINKAJOUS

In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LEOPARDS

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LIONS

Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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OCELOTS

Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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SERVALS

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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TIGERS

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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.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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!