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...
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

International Tiger Day

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...

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



  • 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.

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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
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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.