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...
Happy World Wildlife Day!

Happy World Wildlife Day!

We’re always looking for a reason to celebrate wildlife, and World Wildlife Day is no exception! World Wildlife Day (March 3) is a day in which we celebrate the signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973. This treaty was a fundamental step toward the global protection of endangered species, and is the cornerstone for legislation and action to address the protection of native wildlife in participating countries. This year, World Wildlife Day is focused on the symbiotic relationship between the millions of people, particularly Indigenous people, and the forests they rely upon. At Carolina Tiger Rescue, we care for 10 different species, all of which are native to various places around the world. Some of these species, especially tigers, face significant population decline largely due to the loss of forests in favor of human and agricultural development. In order to protect these species that we hold dear, it is imperative that we do what we can to protect their habitats, and find ways to sustainably support communities that rely on these environments. Without human buy-in, conservation is not possible. Despite the signing of the CITES Treaty nearly 50 years ago, the United States still has a long way to go to adequately protect wild animals from exploitation. The vast majority of animals we care for at the sanctuary have come from exploitative situations like roadside zoos, private homes, and traveling shows that offer “attractions” like cub petting. These are abusive environments that can cause lasting physical and/or psychological damage. Thankfully, the animals we’ve rescued have made their way to a...
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 Loss/Fragmentation Tigers have lost approximately 95% of their historical range in favor of human activity. Agricultural activities and development projects are responsible for the majority of this destruction, which poses a severe threat to what few tigers remain. Tigers need large areas of land for their survival, making the fragmentation of existing habitats all the more dangerous. Human-wildlife Conflict Humans and tigers are at odds in the competition for space. As their habitat shrinks, tigers venture into human-populated areas to hunt domestic livestock and risk being killed out of retaliation. This also leaves them vulnerable to poaching. Poaching  The illegal wildlife trade is also responsible for the decrease in wild tiger populations, and is their most immediate threat. The belief that tiger parts contain medicinal properties is still widely held in a number of cultures, despite no evidence to support that claim. The death of one tiger at the hands of poachers has far-reaching consequences. What is being done to save tigers in the wild?  To combat the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation, wildlife corridors are being developed and utilized in tiger range countries (TRCs) to connect fragments of tiger conservation landscapes. These corridors allow tigers to travel safely between islands of habitat, find their own territory, and meet potential mates that are genetically different from themselves. Protections for parks and tiger habitats in TRCs have increased, as have...
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 YouTube Recent Posts Carolina Tiger Rescue goes live on Facebook every Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM! We recently visited Roscoe Tiger who created two beautiful “pawcassos” for us. Keeper LA also showed us how she uses operant conditioning to help Roscoe with his anxiety. While Roscoe is normally a shy tiger, he did GREAT!  HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY RAJAH!  We shared pictures of Rajah and his unique story on our platforms to celebrate his sweet sixteen. Rajah is a favorite of many who visit the sanctuary. He is known for walking along the fence of his enclosure with a tour group and greeting guests with chuffles. He is a laid back tiger who enjoys hanging out in the shade, in his pool, and on top of his den box. He also loves enrichment! He will rub on and destroy a scented box or paint beautiful “Pawcassos”. He’s been with us for the majority of his life, and we are so happy to be his forever...
What would the tigers of Carolina Tiger Rescue be like as Tiger Day 5k teammates?

What would the tigers of Carolina Tiger Rescue be like as Tiger Day 5k teammates?

Join Carolina Tiger Rescue for its first ever Tiger Day 5k virtual fun run, with all proceeds benefitting the amazing cats (and other critters) that call the sanctuary home. Participants have the ability to create teams and recruit teammates – teams with more than five runners will be entered to win a private tour of the sanctuary! The more teammates, the better your chances of winning. Team members may bid to add an “honorary tiger runner” to their team! Not only do high bidders win bragging rights, but they also win an extra teammate, increasing their chances of winning the private tour. Curious about which tiger would make the best Tiger Day 5k teammate? Have no fear – we are here to help you decide between 16 fierce-ish honorary runners. Check out the slide show below to read about them, and click here to place your bid! We think these profiles will give you a little insight into their personalities...
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.

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