Beausoleil Cougar

Beausoleil Cougar

Beausoleil, “Beau” for short, is now our youngest cougar.  He was rescued at about 6 months of age from Washington state in January 2019.  He is wild-born and was found wandering in a family’s backyard with no sign of his mother. He has settled into the sanctuary life beautifully. He enjoys watching what is happening around him and will often come up to the fence to watch trucks and people walk by. He continues to be shy and elusive most of the time, but does enjoy playing “stalk and hide” with keepers and staff.  Beau enjoys enrichment, though unlike other residents at Carolina Tiger Rescue, he prefers to wait until his caretakers have left the area, before playing with and destroying what he is given! [/et_pb_sidebar] Born July 17, 2018 Rescued January 17, 2019 Life StoryPictures How Beausoleil Came to the Sanctuary Beausoleil, or "Beau", came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in January of 2019. Beau was wild-born in the state of Washington. He was seen in a family's backyard a few times without his mother and when Wildlife Services came out, they trapped him and decided to relocate him to a sanctuary. In the state of Washington, any apex predator that is captured has to be relocated outside of the state within 24 hours or they are euthanized. Carolina Tiger Rescue was contacted by one of our sister sanctuaries, Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota, who has worked with the state of Washington before to re-home orphaned cougars. We coordinated with them to get Beau flown to Minnesota where he was picked up by a Wildcat Sanctuary volunteer and driven to Indianapolis....
Star Cougar

Star Cougar

Star Cougar is our only female cougar and is the smallest of our cougars.  She is considered small for her sex also, but that makes her no less dangerous.  Star is known for her loud “screeching” when she is in heat that can be heard all around the sanctuary.  When Star is not patrolling her territory, she can often be found sitting up on top of her highest platform.  Cougars in the wild will often hang out on high cliffs or in sturdy trees to keep an eye out for prey wandering by. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born May 1, 1997 Rescued January 25, 2012 Life StoryPictures How Star Came to the Sanctuary Star came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in January of 2012 from the Collins Zoo in Mississippi. The Collins Zoo was a roadside zoo that was closed down due to the neglect of the animals and the risk that the animals posed to the public. Carolina Tiger Rescue rescued Star along with two black leopards, Smokey and Shadow. Smokey and Shadow have since passed away. Personality Star tends to be the most vocal of the cougars at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Once a month, Star goes into heat and it then becomes clear why one of the 70 different names for cougars is “Mountain Screamer.” Star is very selective in who she will visit on tours. Star loves to hang out high on her tallest platform and keep an eye on her neighbors or sleep the day away up there.   Description Star has the typical cougar personality in that she will do whatever she pleases. At times, she will come up and visit a...

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.

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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

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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.

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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.