Elvis Serval

Elvis Serval

Elvis is our most well-known serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  He was literally dropped off on our doorstep by a private owner who realized that Elvis’ aggressive tendencies did not make him a good pet.  Elvis is a favorite on tour.  He enjoys coming up to see who has come to visit him and is always ready for a treat.  Elvis is most notable for his long, slender look and social nature.  His sociability will not stop him from giving you a hiss or snarl if you get too close, reminding you of his wild nature. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born April 27, 2007 Rescued April 27, 2009 Life StoryPictures How Elvis Came to the Sanctuary On Sunday, April 26, 2009, Carolina Tiger Rescue received a call from a woman stating that her friend owned a pet serval that she could no longer care for. The caller would not identify herself and asked if we could take the serval. It was explained to the caller that the owner of the animal would need to speak with our curator to arrange the rescue. Though our curator was not on duty that day, the caller was given her contact information and it was also explained to the caller that we currently had two tigers in quarantine and so did not have room for another new animal at that time. The next morning, our curator discovered a full grown serval in a small dog crate at the entrance. A note left on the crate said that the serval's name was Elvis. After being examined, Elvis was found to be malnourished, weighing far less than he should have....
Mama Serval

Mama Serval

Mama was originally privately owned in a state where it is illegal to own wild cats such as servals. She has a lot of attitude and is not afraid to show it! She has enjoyed being outside, for likely, the first time in her life as she settles in to her new home here at the sanctuary. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born September 27, 2016 Rescued March 4, 2020 Life StoryPictures How Mama Came to the Sanctuary Mama came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in March of 2020 after she was surrendered by a private owner. She was living in a state where it was illegal to own her and she was becoming too aggressive to live in a home safely. Her owners had searched for several months to find a shelter who would take her in and not euthanize her. Finally, they discovered the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance and we were contacted to provide Mama with her new forever home. Personality Mama has a big personality that can be heard from far away. If she notices you are coming, she will start to hiss and sometimes spit, reminding you she is a wild cat. Mama seems to enjoy spending her days outside; it is likely the first time she has ever been outside in her life. She likes to hang out on her tallest platform and watch the happenings of the sanctuary. She has become a bit picky when it comes to food and she is keeping the keepers guessing as to what she will eat from day to day. Description Mama is our largest serval at this time. We are hoping,...
Mick Serval

Mick Serval

Mick is one of the three boys that came to us from British Columbia in November of 2019 along with four female servals. Mick has the biggest personality of the three boys. He has a lot to say and isn’t afraid to say it. Sometimes he has to be reminded he’s not the only serval on the block, but he quickly forgets it! [/et_pb_sidebar] Born July 6, 2012 Rescued November 26, 2019 Life StoryPictures How Mick Came to the Sanctuary Mick came to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home on November 26, 2019. He, along with 12 other servals, was rescued from a backyard breeder in British Columbia, Canada. The servals were kept in RVs with no ventilation, no natural light, and unsanitary conditions. The cats were confiscated by the SPCA of British Columbia and taken to a holding facility until they were able to be rehomed to accredited sanctuaries in the United States. Personality Mick has a big personality and wants to be sure everyone knows it. He is quick to come up and chat with his keepers and volunteers and give them a quick hiss. He has a lot to say, all the time, and it sometimes doesn't even matter that no one is listening. Description Mick is your average-sized serval and is distinguishable from Dylan and Bowie by the small scar on the bridge of his nose. Where in Sanctuary Mick currently lives in Elm Grove sharing an enclosure with the two other male servals he was rescued with, Bowie and Dylan. Backyard Breeders Mick and the 12 other servals he was rescued with lived in rough...
Queen Serval

Queen Serval

Queen Serval is one of four girls that came to us from British Columbia in November of 2019. Queen is the quiet observer of the group of servals she lives with. She enjoys watching from the sidelines as her enclosure mates quickly investigate new things. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born November 26, 2016 Rescued November 26, 2019 Life StoryPictures How Queen Came to the Sanctuary Queen came to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home on November 26, 2019. She, along with 12 other servals, was rescued from a backyard breeder in British Columbia, Canada. The servals were kept in RVs with no ventilation, no natural light, and unsanitary conditions. The cats were confiscated by the SPCA of British Columbia and taken to a holding facility until they were able to be rehomed to accredited sanctuaries in the United States. Personality Queen is more reserved and quiet than the two other female servals she lives with. She is content to hang back and observe her surroundings. She does, however, have a playful side. She enjoys playing in her water dish and chasing streams of water! Description Queen is distinguishable from her enclosure mates because of her tiny snout and face. Her small face makes her ears look enormous, even by serval standards. Her coat is a pale yellow. Where in Sanctuary Queen currently lives on tour on Cherry Lane, sharing an enclosure with two other female servals she was rescued with, Stevie and Cher. Queen and the girls live across the tour path from Kitwana and Zari Caracal. Backyard Breeders Queen and the 12 other servals she was rescued with lived in rough conditions...
Santana Serval

Santana Serval

Santana was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our former breeding program.  He was a rambunctious, headstrong, and vivacious kitten, who matured into an elegant, athletic serval.  Santana, like all servals, is an excellent jumper.  He loves bounding around his enclosure and loved chasing his old neighbor, Aria Tiger, along the fence line.  Santana also finds joy in pouncing on unsuspecting leaves and sticks and playing in his water dish.  Occasionally, Santana will take a swipe at the vultures that come just a little too close to his enclosure to remind them that it is his territory and not theirs! [/et_pb_sidebar] Born April 28, 2003 Life StoryPictures How Santana Came to the Sanctuary Santana was born as part of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s former breeding program. Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust, was originally founded to breed keystone species in hopes of one day releasing them into a safe environment but that day never came. Our animals who were born here will remain here for the rest of their lives. Personality Santana loves to catch snakes and rodents that wander into his enclosure and he has a history of pestering vultures that get a little too close. Description Santana was a rambunctious, headstrong, vivacious kitten who matured into an elegant, athletic serval. All servals are exceptional jumpers and Santana loves to go on intense bounding fits around his spacious enclosure. He also finds great joy in pouncing on unsuspecting leaves and sticks and spending serious time playing in his water dish. Santana has a world-class purr for those lucky enough to hear it. Where in Sanctuary Santana lives off the...
Savannah Serval

Savannah Serval

Savannah is a very sassy serval who prefers to be left alone.  She will come up to the fence to see what the keepers and volunteers are up to, but she prefers the solitary life. Savannah was declawed before she was rescued, which is usually done to try to make the cat “safer”. Savannah loves to bask in the sun and always has a hiss as a greeting for anyone who comes around to see her. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born October 4, 2005 Rescued October 4, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Savannah Came to the Sanctuary Savannah was rescued with 15 other animals from a facility out in Colorado. This facility was closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. Personality Savannah is a very sassy serval who prefers things "just so". She is not a fan of many things but is learning each day that there are a few things that she likes. As of late, Savannah has found she likes to spend time on one of her high platforms and soak up the warm sun. Savannah does not enjoy seeing many people and much prefers a quiet life away from the tour path. Description Savannah arrived larger than the average serval because she was a bit overweight. When she first arrived, she had matts on her back, likely due to being unable to groom herself, that had to be shaved off during her physical. Savannah's fur grew back in and she soon looked slimmer. A wild cat being overweight is just as detrimental to the...

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
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  • 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. 

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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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