Julio Ocelot

Julio Ocelot

‹ › × × Previous Next Born April 18, 1997 Arrived on September 24, 1998 Passed away May 8, 2017 Julio’s Story Julio was an incredible ocelot. Not only did he embody the true ocelot spirit (you know, grumbling if you came by to visit), he was also a...
Trapper Ocelot

Trapper Ocelot

‹ › × × Previous Next Born September 13, 2000 Born at Carolina Tiger Rescue Passed away March 16, 2017 Trapper’s Story Trapper was born here at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of the former breeding program. Trapper was a fan favorite here at Carolina Tiger....

Oliver Ocelot

Oliver is a quiet ocelot who enjoys sleeping his days away and coming out to explore at night.  Loud noises and big trucks make Oliver nervous so he lives away from the tour path.  Keepers and volunteers have to earn his trust before he will come out to greet them;...
Magoo Ocelot

Magoo Ocelot

Magoo enjoys greeting guests and keepers with a growl or a meow and loves to investigate anything that is going on around his enclosure. Magoo, named for the bespectacled cartoon character, sports very prominent white rings around his eyes. Magoo, like most ocelots,...

Petee Ocelot

Petee is one of our more social ocelots.  He loves to come up and greet tour guests and visitors, hoping they will have a treat or two for him.  Petee is a tough ocelot who once took on a copperhead and won!  At times, he can become possessive of his water dish,...

Trapper Ocelot

Trapper is our resident growler at Carolina Tiger Rescue on tour.  He loves to come up and see if the tour guide has a treat for him, growling all along the way.  Trapper spends a lot of his time in his den box but is always ready for enrichment, whether it is tearing...

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.

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Red Wolf 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.