Simon Serval

Simon Serval [/et_pb_sidebar] [breadcrumb] Simon was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue in one of its last litters before the breeding program ceased.  He has grown into a handsome, confident cat who is always willing to come up for attention from guests.  Simon can be very demanding in his desire for both attention and food and this has made him a very grabby cat, and consequently he has bad manners.  Simon will often quickly stick his paws through the fence trying to grab food or jump up to the food shoot at feeding time.  The keepers are working with him on waiting and showing better manners but sometimes it is too hard to wait when it comes to food! Born July 22, 1998 Life StoryPictures How Simon Came to the Sanctuary Simon was born as part of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s former breeding program.  Carolina Tiger Rescue, formally 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 as their permanent home. Personality Simon can be very demanding in his desire for both attention and food.   Simon can be a very grabby cat and consequently has bad manners!  He eagerly sticks his paws outside the fence and jumps up to the food chute at feeding time, illustrating for volunteers and guests alike that small stature does not make a wild animal any safer.  Simon is especially great at making his caretakers laugh by performing humorous antics like bounding through the tall grass of his enclosure and getting cardboard...
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...

Millhouse Serval

Millhouse Serval [breadcrumb] Millhouse is a grumpy serval who does not like to be bothered unless it’s feeding time. He enjoys his days away from the tour path, but loves enrichment. Occasionally, he will even paint for the keepers but his favorite activity is destroying boxes. Millhouse spends most of his days lounging in a patch of sun, waiting for someone to bring him another treat. Born September 17, 1996 Life StoryPictures How Millhouse Came to the Sanctuary Millhouse was born at Hexagon Farm in Buena Vista, California, in 1996. He came to live at Carolina Tiger Rescue in 1997, on loan from Opryland, as part of our former breeding program. Personality Millhouse has been known to catch snakes that slither into his enclosure. Many times, the snake happens to be a copperhead, a native venomous snake. Millhouse has shown that he still has excellent serval skills, even in his advancing age. He does typically eat parts of the snake, but will leave at least a portion of it for the keepers or volunteers to clean up. Description Millhouse had a distinctive snaggletooth that stuck out past his top lip, on the lower, right-hand side of his jaw. This canine tooth was removed but his lip still droops. Where in Sanctuary Millhouse is located in Pear Orchard, behind Simon Serval. Millhouse does not like a lot of foot traffic, so he is off the tour path to keep his stress and anxiety down. Breeding In the late 1990's, Carolina Tiger Rescue, formally Carnivore Preservation Trust, decided that we would stop breeding, due to the number of accredited facilities that were abiding by...

Hobie Serval

Hobie Serval [/et_pb_sidebar] [breadcrumb] Hobie was formerly a privately owned pet who became too much for his owners to handle. Hobie had to have several surgeries before he was rescued because he continued to chew on and eat things that he should not have, like shoes and socks. He enjoys catching snakes that slither into his enclosure and mice that try to scamper by. Hobie is comfortable in his quiet enclosure next to Max Tiger away from the tour path, but he enjoys regular visits from staff and volunteers. Born November 5, 2005 Rescued July 15, 2008 Life StoryPictures How Hobie Came to the Sanctuary Hobie was once a privately owned pet in Asheboro, North Carolina, where he was kept in a 8x8 dog crate. His former owners found that once Hobie started to mature he became very aggressive toward the owner's husband. Hobie also had a bad habit of ingesting household objects, such as socks, that would require surgery to remove. When his family decided they could no longer care for him, they contacted Carolina Tiger Rescue. Hobie now enjoys his large outdoor enclosure where he is free to be a serval. Personality Hobie has a bad habit of trying to eat inedible objects. Keepers have had to remove items from his enclosure more than once when Hobie decided to try to eat something that he shouldn't. Hobie enjoys his peaceful enclosure off the tour path, though he does love to come up and greet his adoptive parent, volunteers, staff, and keepers when they stop to visit. Description Hobie is the typical size for a male serval, weighing around 30 pounds....
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....

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

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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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