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!

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.

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 a large event. We’d like to publically recognize the individuals who have gone above and beyond for Carolina Tiger.  Check out our volunteers of the year below!    Volunteer of the Year: Lindsey Lewis Lindsey joined the team in the fall of 2018 and has never once hesitated to complete a task assigned to her. She is always eager to help with any project and anyone around her can tell she really loves what she does. Not only is she a rock star volunteer, but she is an amazing advocate for wild cats when she’s off the clock as well. Her own values about conservation and wildlife perfectly align with ours and she helps to give a voice to our animals and their wild cousins. She is ambitious and passionate about making a difference in the lives of wild cats, and we are so glad that she has chosen to make a difference with us here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Jaxon Davis Jaxon is a construction volunteer who never hesitates to help our site team with any project they’re working on. He’s always eager and willing to do what it takes to get the job done and has been an incredible addition to our program. He is genuinely one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and we couldn’t feel luckier to have him on our team. Bridget...
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 would like to refocus the conversation toward the problem rather than the story. As a GFAS and federally-accredited sanctuary, we would like to share the following list, compiled by the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, so the public fully understands our position on the plight of captive wild cats and how you can help solve the problem. What Tiger King Doesn’t Tell You:Ten Things You Need to Know about Captive Big Cats 1. Animals suffer terribly in cub petting operations. Cubs used in these operations are taken from their mothers soon after birth to be hand-raised. They may be fed a nutritionally deficient diet (sometimes purposely, to stunt the cubs’ growth so that they can be used for cub petting longer) and denied proper veterinary care. They are subjected to long hours of excessive and rough handling, denied sleep, and may be punched, slapped, or violently shaken by handlers as punishment for “acting up.” 2. Exhibitors “speed breed” female cats, at the expense of mothers and cubs. Cub petting attractions need a constant supply of cubs, so female cats are unnaturally bred multiple times a year. Exhibitors have been observed breeding female tigers up to three times a year – nearly ten times their natural reproductive rate. “Speed breeding” seriously damages the mother’s health, and she eventually will produce cubs who are sick or fail to thrive....

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

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.

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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Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Tiger 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.

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!