Shenandoah Tiger

Shenandoah is a little more reserved than her enclosure-mate, Saber, often preferring to watch things from a distance.  She is, however, showing the resident vultures that she is not a tiger to be messed with.  Shenandoah enjoys finding a patch of sun and soaking up the rays on cool days.   [/et_pb_sidebar] Born October 12, 2001 Rescued October 12, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Shenandoah Came to the Sanctuary Shenandoah came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her enclosure-mate, Saber, and fourteen other animals from a facility 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 Shenandoah is very reserved and much more laid-back than her enclosure-mate, Saber. Shenandoah prefers to view the action from afar and cannot easily be coaxed up to the fence for a visit, unless of course it is time for her meal. Shenandoah has proven a very worthy opponent of the vultures and does her best to keep them out of her enclosure. When she's not napping, she can often be found chasing the pesky birds. Description Shenandoah has a very light coat with very light stripes. It is almost as if she has been washed out by the sun. Shenandoah also has canines, the large teeth at the top and bottom of her jaw, that have been filed down - a practice very common among cubs that are used in cub petting or cub photo-op businesses. Where in Sanctuary Shenandoah and her enclosure-mate, Saber, live on tour in Pine Forest. They are next to...
Saber Tiger

Saber Tiger

Saber Tiger [/et_pb_sidebar] [breadcrumb] Saber is a great example of how beautiful white tigers can be but also how detrimental the inbreeding that produces them can be, as it causes harmful birth defects in the tigers.  Due to inbreeding, Saber is cross-eyed, which limits his sight.  Saber seems to always be happy; he enjoys getting enrichment and lounging.  Saber especially loves water!  He is always playing in his water dish and loves his pool in the warmer months! Born October 12, 2010 Rescued October 12, 2016 Life StoryPictures How Saber Came to the Sanctuary Saber came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with fifteen other animals from a facility out in Colorado. This facility 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 in just over three months. Personality Saber is a very personable and silly tiger who does not seem to have a care in the world. He is very playful. He is not always eager to come up and visit tours but he does not hide from them either. He likes to do things on his own time. Description Saber certainly sticks out because he is white. He has dark stripes and strikingly blue eyes, with which all white tigers are born. Although, his are noticeably crossed. When Saber yawns or opens his mouth, it is also obvious that his teeth were filed down to the gum line, which is a common practice in cub petting. Where in Sanctuary Saber lives in Pine Forest with Shira Tiger. They are on tour down the path from...
Tasha Tiger

Tasha Tiger

When Tasha first came to Carolina Tiger Rescue, she was very anxious.  She was given an enclosure at the back of the sanctuary that allowed her to adjust to her new surroundings in a quiet place.  Tasha became very affectionate toward the keepers and would eagerly approach the fence to “chuffle” and rub her face against it.  Tasha learned, at her own pace, to trust volunteers and small numbers of visitors.  Eventually, Tasha was given a chance to go on tour and did so well that she is now an on tour tiger! Animal care staff works with Tasha through a training program called operant conditioning to help her progress.  This type of training will continue to help her feel more confident and relaxed over time.  Tasha enjoys her training sessions and is a very quick learner. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born October 23, 2008 Rescued October 24, 2014 Life StoryPictures How Tasha Came to the Sanctuary In 2014, Carolina Tiger Rescue was one of four rescue organizations that coordinated a joint rescue effort and helped give homes to the over fifteen lions, tigers, bears, and wolves housed in a private home in Alabama. Carolina Tiger Rescue took in Madonna and Tears Tiger in August. Unfortunately, three animals had to be left behind - two tigers and a grizzly bear. The previous owner was reluctant to relinquish the last of her animals and, while we tried desperately to place them, no reputable facility in the United States had any room. We began to build additional enclosures in the hopes that we might be able to provide them a home once they were complete. About a...
Roscoe Tiger

Roscoe Tiger

Roscoe is a handsome tiger and one you would expect to see stalking through the forests of Southwest Asia.  He has a deep orange coat with bright black stripes.  This dapper fellow is very anxious and requires a very quiet enclosure away from the tour path.  Roscoe loves the attention from the keepers, staff members, and a few volunteers, but this introvert enjoys a more quiet life than some of our other residents.  Roscoe often looks to his enclosure-mate, Camilla, for reassurance when he gets a bit nervous.  When he is feeling his best, Roscoe loves rolling in his mud pit and chasing the vultures away. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born June 26, 2009 Rescued June 26, 2012 Life StoryPictures How Roscoe Came to the Sanctuary Roscoe arrived at Carolina Tiger Rescue with Camilla Tiger, Roman and Reina Lion, and Nakobi and Jericho Cougar on June 26, 2012. He originally came from a private breeder in Michigan and was the last cub in the litter. The owner intended to get rid of him, but the Ohio sanctuary Rescue One stepped in and gave him a home. However, Rescue One was later forced to close its doors due to financial hardship and an inability to meet new legal regulations. Ohio toughened their laws regarding exotic pet ownership following a 2011 incident in Zanesville, Ohio. A private owner had released 56 of his lions, tigers, cougars, wolves, leopards, and bears before committing suicide. Unfortunately, law enforcement was forced to lethally dispatch the 49 animals that had escaped due to concerns for public safety. The following year, Ohio banned private ownership of dangerous wild animals and increased safety...

Rajah Tiger

Rajah has a laid-back attitude and is a favorite on the tour.  He is about 9 feet tall when he stands up on his hind legs and weighed 336 pounds when most recently weighed in April 2018.  He enjoys coming up to “talk” to the tour guests and “chuffle” at them.  He loves to follow the group along the fence to see if they brought him any treats.  Rajah is currently working with a staff member on operant conditioning, a form of positive reinforcement that allows staff members and the vet to get a good look at him physically without putting hands on him or having to sedate him.  His favorite command to follow for a staff member is “paw.”  When asked for his paw, he puts it up on the fence for staff members to look at it to ensure there are no sores or cuts.  Rajah is a quick learner who enjoys mastering new commands. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born July 15, 2004 Rescued January 11, 2005 Life StoryPictures How Rajah Came to the Sanctuary Rajah and another tiger who we named, Kaela, were rescued from the side of a county road outside of Charlotte, North Carolina in 2005, when they were about 6 months of age. An off-duty officer came upon them on a weekend day and called 911. Animal control responded, but at that time, Rajah and Kaela were on opposite sides of the road, putting them in two different counties which meant two different animal controls had to respond and pick them up. The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro held them in quarantine until their enclosure here at Carolina Tiger Rescue...

Mona Tiger

Mona lives with her enclosure-mate, Moki, and is the more dominant of the two. It is difficult at times to tell Mona and Moki apart, which indicates they are most likely from the same litter of cubs. Mona has darker eyes than Moki and her eyebrows are simple thick lines above her eyes, while Moki has a dramatic, turned-up look to her eyebrows. Mona enjoys scaring vultures away from her enrichment for fun. She will often push Moki out of the way to get more treats, but the keepers are keen to her tricks and always ensure that Moki gets her fair share. [/et_pb_sidebar] Born September 5, 1998 Rescued September 5, 2008 Life StoryPictures How Mona Came to the Sanctuary Mona and Moki Tiger came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from a roadside zoo in Missouri that closed down after it lost its license. A volunteer at the facility had been attacked by another tiger and the authorities decided the facility was not safe. Mona and Moki came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with two other tigers, Fenimore and Emerson. Personality Mona is more dominant than her sister, Moki. She eats first and will often growl or roar at Moki if she attempts to get enrichment first. Mona loves enrichment and will often quickly tear boxes apart to get to the goodies inside before Moki has a chance. We always ensure that there is enough for both of them and spread the enrichment out so that when Mona is engaged in her enrichment, Moki can get some as well. Description Mona has more muted colors and fewer stripes than Moki. She is one of our smallest...

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.

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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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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.