Carolina Tiger Rescue joins Red Wolf Species Survival Plan by welcoming two red wolves to the Sanctuary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 18, 2022 Contact: Louise Orr | (919) 542-4684 ext. 3019| Carolina Tiger Rescue joins Red Wolf Species Survival Plan by welcoming two red wolves to the Sanctuary Pittsboro, N.C. – Carolina Tiger Rescue is pleased to announce the arrival of two three-year-old female red wolves to the Sanctuary. Carolina Tiger now joins 49 other sanctuaries, zoos, and facilities that are a part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (RWSSP) and assisting in the captive breeding, care of, and public education about critically endangered red wolves. The two wolves, Caroline and Mist, are settling in nicely in the back of the sanctuary. “We are incredibly proud to take part in such an important and extensive conservation plan for red wolves,” said Carolina Tiger Rescue Executive Director Kris Marino. “In partnership with the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan and other involved facilities, we look forward to caring for Caroline and Mist and doing our part to save this special native species.” Caroline and Mist were born at the Durham Museum of Life and Science before being transferred to the Mill Mountain Zoo in Virginia. Now, they will live at the sanctuary for the next few years while they reach the appropriate age for breeding. Both females are a vital part of the RWSSP, a set of extensive conservation measures and activities designed to ensure the longevity and security of red wolves as a species. Carolina Tiger’s role in the RWSSP is to help free up space at other facilities for the continuation of the breeding program. Red wolves are considered “the American wolf.” Once...
Winter 2022 Paw Print Newsletter

Winter 2022 Paw Print Newsletter

Catch up with the cats in our latest issue of the Paw Print newsletter! Featured in this issue is our cover star, Reina Lion, Willow Bobcat, and our not-so-secret coatis and Fabio the porcupine. Read about the Big Cat Public Safety Act, our new Education Center, and more.

2022: The Year of the Tiger

What is the Lunar New Year? The Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations of the year in many East and Southeast Asian countries including China, Vietnam, and Korea. Based on the lunar calendar, this time is full of feasting and is meant to honor household and heavenly deities as well as family ancestors. Lunar New Year celebrations usually begin on the day of the first new moon at the end of January, and last until the full moon arrives two weeks later – a 15 day celebration! 2022’s lunar new year is represented by the tiger. What is the Year of the Tiger? Every year in the lunar calendar is represented by one of 12 zodiac animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The five elements of earth, water, fire, wood, and metal are also included in the traditional lunar calendar, making this year the Year of the Water Tiger. Each zodiac animal and element represent certain characteristics embodied by those born during that year. The water tiger symbolizes strength, bravery, and clearing away evil, and it is said that this year we will encounter and overcome new changes, challenges, and difficulties. What’s going on with wild tigers? Tiger conservationists across the globe are using 2022 to examine what has worked to help tiger populations since the launch of TX2 in 2010 (the last Year of the Tiger). TX2 was a global initiative launched in order to double wild tiger populations by 2022. This initiative has seen some success – wild tiger populations ARE on the rise, and...
Carolina Tiger Rescue to host second virtual Tiger Day 5k in celebration of International Tiger Day on July 29

Carolina Tiger Rescue to host second virtual Tiger Day 5k in celebration of International Tiger Day on July 29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2021 Contact: Louise Orr | (919) 219-2301 | Carolina Tiger Rescue to host second virtual Tiger Day 5k in celebration of International Tiger Day on July 29 Join Carolina Tiger Rescue for its second annual Tiger Day 5k Virtual Fun Run to celebrate International Tiger Day! The virtual fun run will take place beginning July 22 and will concludeon International Tiger Day, July 29. Registrants can complete the 5k on their own time and their own terms, and all proceeds go toward caring for the cats of Carolina Tiger Rescue. Many people don’t know that there are more tigers in captivity in the United States than there are left in the wild. The approximately 4,000 wild tigers that remain face continued habitat loss and fragmentation, human-tiger conflict, and threats from poachers. While conservation efforts in several tiger range countries have begun to revive populations, more work needs to be done to ensure the survival of the species. Additionally, there are anywhere between 5,000 to 10,000 captive tigers in the United States that face continued exploitation and abuse every day. “We are thrilled to host our second annual Tiger Day 5k in celebration of International Tiger Day,” said Pam Fulk, Executive Director at Carolina Tiger Rescue. “Not only is it important to spread awareness about the plight of wild tigers, but we need to remember that thousands of tigers suffer in roadside zoos, private homes, and the entertainment industry right here in the United States.” Carolina Tiger Rescue is currently home to several wild cat species, including 17 tigers. Many of these cats have...
Carolina Tiger’s Latest Rescue

Carolina Tiger’s Latest Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue, North Carolina’s only federally and GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries)-accredited big cat sanctuary, worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and several other accredited sanctuaries to execute a large-scale rescue of 68 endangered big cats at Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma last week.

Our 2020-2021 Volunteers of the Year

Our 2020-2021 Volunteers of the Year

We appreciate our incredible volunteers every day, but this Volunteer Appreciation Week is extra special and gives us an opportunity to share the stories of some of our most fantastic and dedicated volunteers. With more than 150 amazing volunteers here at the sanctuary, we consider ourselves extremely lucky. Congratulations to those selected as a Volunteer of the Year!  Volunteer of the Year – Christine S.   Our staff is OVERWHELMINGLY excited to reveal that our 2021 Volunteer Of The Year is Christine S.! Next month marks the 2 year anniversary since she joined the Carolina Tiger Family, and this amazing woman has logged nearly 1,000 hours in that time. Not only is she a Tour Guide, enthusiastically educating visitors who come to learn about the animals who call Carolina Tiger home, but she is also an animal care volunteer, giving back to the very same animals whose stories she shares on tour. Her passionate dedication to our mission is demonstrated during every volunteer shift, and her eagerness to learn more is remarkable. She goes above and beyond every day and it’s our pleasure to honor her today. Dian S. is our outstanding gift shop volunteer of the year! Dian joined the Carolina Tiger family one year ago and has time and time again stepped up to help wherever she’s needed. Whether it’s sanitizing the shop to ensure a safe shopping experience for visitors, prepping items to fill the shelves, or pitching in at check out, Dian has been a tremendous help and we are lucky to have her on the team.  Sarah M. is our exemplary animal care volunteer...

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

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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.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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
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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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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.