Willow Bobcat

Willow Bobcat

Willow Bobcat is currently our youngest animal here at the sanctuary. Willow was born in the wild and orphaned. It is unclear what happened to her mom, but the rehabilitation facility that originally took her deemed her unreleasable due to her seeking out humans. This behavior is not conducive to a safe and successful reintroduction to the wild. Though we would have loved for her to live in the wild, we are committed to giving her the best life possible here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. We are excited to see her grow and thrive under our care. Born April 13, 2020 Rescued August 15, 2020 Life StoryPictures How Willow Came to the Sanctuary In August of 2020, Carolina Tiger Rescue got a call from a partner sanctuary in the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance. A five-month-old female bobcat was in need of a home. The bobcat was found on the side of the road in Illinois with her brother in early May. The mother was nowhere to be found and the kittens had blood on their fur. Thankfully the blood was not from the kittens. An animal rescue group found the kittens and brought them to the rehabbers at TreeHouse Wildlife Center. Unfortunately the brother didn’t make it, but the little girl grew up healthy and strong. They worked for many months to wean the kitten and to keep her away from human contact as much as possible. Then it was time to move her and two other rehab bobcat kittens out into the prerelease enclosure. The other two bobcats scurried away but this little one decided that she would...
Ranger Bobcat

Ranger Bobcat

Ranger Bobcat is a quiet bobcat who enjoys his time away from the tour path. He loves to lounge up on his catwalks, high above the ground and watch the bustling sanctuary. Ranger is inquisitive but takes some time to warm up to new things. He loves getting treats off a stick but appreciates his enrichment when no one else is around. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born March 27, 2009 Rescued March 27, 2019 Life StoryPictures How Ranger Came to the Sanctuary Ranger came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in March of 2019. A family found him as a kitten in California where they were living at the time 10 years ago. When the family moved to Virginia 2 years later they took him with them. Like in most states, it was illegal for them to have him in Virginia. When approached by authorities they agreed to send him to Carolina Tiger Rescue.  Personality Ranger is a quiet and reserved bobcat. He was extremely nervous in quarantine but is enjoying life in his new outdoor enclosure away from the tour path. Ranger loves hanging up on his catwalks that allow him to oversee his surroundings. He does come down for treats and food, but prefers small groups which is why he lives away from the tour path. Description Ranger's coat is a light gray with hints of brown in it. He has a narrow face with tiny tufts of hair on the tips of his point ears. Ranger has a pink nose and he has very little ruff around his face. Where in Sanctuary Ranger lives off tour in Elm Grove. He lives...
Collins Bobcat

Collins Bobcat

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Talon Bobcat

Talon Bobcat

Talon is a gorgeous bobcat with a mostly brown coat.  He is inquisitive and personable and enjoys attention from staff members.  As with many of our residents, he is extremely food-motivated. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born December 11, 2007 Rescued December 11, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Talon Came to the Sanctuary Talon came to Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our largest rescue to date. He was rescued from a facility in Colorado that housed 110 animals on about four acres of land. Talon, along with 15 other animals, was brought to Carolina Tiger Rescue in the fall of 2016. Prior to being at the facility in Colorado, Talon was living in a family home as a "pet". When his owner died, the wife moved and could not take Talon with her, so she sent him to live at the facility in Colorado. Personality Talon is an inquisitive bobcat who is always interested in the staff members who come to visit him. He is always eager for food and enrichment and loves attention from staff members. He is food-motivated and is quick to figure out his puzzle feeders. Description Talon is a beautiful bobcat with a much browner color than Ranger. He is a slim but tall bobcat whose spots are extremely visible. Talon is a little different from other bobcats in that instead of having a pink or pinkish nose, he has an all-black nose. Where in Sanctuary Talon lives on tour in the Pear Orchard part of the sanctuary. He lives next to Elvis Serval and in front of Savannah Serval. Pet Trade Talon began his life as the pet of private...

Toby Bobcat

Toby is a shy cat who enjoys watching things from afar.  Once he feels comfortable though, he will make his way up to visit staff members. Even after he’s met someone several times it can sometimes take him a while to approach them.  He is a fluffy, gray bobcat with a lot of fur around his face. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born August 1, 2013 Rescued December 11, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Toby Came to the Sanctuary Toby came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in December of 2016 from a facility in Colorado.  This facility was closed down due when the owner fell ill.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. Personality Toby is a shy, reserved bobcat who takes a while to warm up to new situations.  Toby loves to be up high and spends a lot of time on his tall platforms.  He is also extremely athletic.  Toby is not as food motivated as some of the other cats and it takes some time for him to figure out how to access his food when it is given to him in a puzzle feeder. Description Toby is a fluffy bobcat with striking gray fur.  His spots are a little less visible than Toby’s but can be seen down towards his belly.  Toby has a lot of fur around his face and is larger than our other resident bobcat Talon.  Where in Sanctuary Toby is currently behind the quarantine building away from most of the hustle and bustle of the sanctuary.  He prefers a quiet life and likely will not be on...

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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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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