Carolina Tiger Rescue joins Red Wolf Species Survival Plan by welcoming two red wolves to the Sanctuary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 18, 2022 Contact: Louise Orr | (919) 542-4684 ext. 3019| Carolina Tiger Rescue joins Red Wolf Species Survival Plan by welcoming two red wolves to the Sanctuary Pittsboro, N.C. – Carolina Tiger Rescue is pleased to announce the arrival of two three-year-old female red wolves to the Sanctuary. Carolina Tiger now joins 49 other sanctuaries, zoos, and facilities that are a part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (RWSSP) and assisting in the captive breeding, care of, and public education about critically endangered red wolves. The two wolves, Caroline and Mist, are settling in nicely in the back of the sanctuary. “We are incredibly proud to take part in such an important and extensive conservation plan for red wolves,” said Carolina Tiger Rescue Executive Director Kris Marino. “In partnership with the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan and other involved facilities, we look forward to caring for Caroline and Mist and doing our part to save this special native species.” Caroline and Mist were born at the Durham Museum of Life and Science before being transferred to the Mill Mountain Zoo in Virginia. Now, they will live at the sanctuary for the next few years while they reach the appropriate age for breeding. Both females are a vital part of the RWSSP, a set of extensive conservation measures and activities designed to ensure the longevity and security of red wolves as a species. Carolina Tiger’s role in the RWSSP is to help free up space at other facilities for the continuation of the breeding program. Red wolves are considered “the American wolf.” Once...

2022: The Year of the Tiger

What is the Lunar New Year? The Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations of the year in many East and Southeast Asian countries including China, Vietnam, and Korea. Based on the lunar calendar, this time is full of feasting and is meant to honor household and heavenly deities as well as family ancestors. Lunar New Year celebrations usually begin on the day of the first new moon at the end of January, and last until the full moon arrives two weeks later – a 15 day celebration! 2022’s lunar new year is represented by the tiger. What is the Year of the Tiger? Every year in the lunar calendar is represented by one of 12 zodiac animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The five elements of earth, water, fire, wood, and metal are also included in the traditional lunar calendar, making this year the Year of the Water Tiger. Each zodiac animal and element represent certain characteristics embodied by those born during that year. The water tiger symbolizes strength, bravery, and clearing away evil, and it is said that this year we will encounter and overcome new changes, challenges, and difficulties. What’s going on with wild tigers? Tiger conservationists across the globe are using 2022 to examine what has worked to help tiger populations since the launch of TX2 in 2010 (the last Year of the Tiger). TX2 was a global initiative launched in order to double wild tiger populations by 2022. This initiative has seen some success – wild tiger populations ARE on the rise, and...

Volunteer of the Month, August 2021

Bridget M. – Gift Shop and Summer Camp Bridget joined the volunteer family in May 2019 and has logged nearly 300 hours since. Nearly half of those hours were in June and July of this year alone!  Before becoming a volunteer, Bridget was a camper at Carolina Tiger Rescue’s first summer camp.  This year, Bridget was a tremendous help with camp season. She was amazing with the campers, always eager to help with whatever the next task or activity was, and her passion for the animals of Carolina Tiger was evident in everything she did. The fact that she was a camper during our very first summer camp in 2012 made it that much more special. Thank you so much, Bridget! You’re amazing! Please help us congratulate Bridget and thank her for her time and dedication!   Bridget with Emerson Tiger About Bridget  Volunteer Position: Gift Shop/Summer Camp Counselor  Time at Carolina Tiger Rescue: Bridget began volunteering in January of 2021 and has logged almost 180 hours Favorite Animal: “I love all of the animals, but if I had to choose a favorite it would probably be Beau Cougar because he is so beautiful and although he is somewhat shy, he has an inquisitive personality which makes it especially fun to watch him play with enrichment.” Favorite Memory: “My favorite memory at Carolina Tiger has been the ability to hear almost all of the animals. In the morning there are lions roaring and throughout the day you might hear a tiger roar in the distance or a bobcat calling. And then of course there are the less dramatic, but no...
Anthony Leopard

Anthony Leopard

Anthony Leopard [/et_pb_sidebar] [breadcrumb] DSC05187 (2)DSC05192 (2)2020-9-21 Anthony-4Anthony2021-1-1 Anthony by Nick Caira2020-9-21 Anthony-4DSC059056-9-20176-9-20176-9-20176-9-20176-9-20176-9-20172017-1222 Anthony (1)2017-1222 Anthony (7)2017-1115 Anthony enrichment (7)2017-1222 Anthony (1)2017-1222 Anthony (7)2017-1222 Anthony (12)2017-1222 Anthony (15) BornDecember 11, 2000 RescuedDecember 11, 2016 Passed awayJuly 3, 2021 Anthony’s Story Anthony came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in December of 2016 from a facility in Colorado.  The owner of this facility fell ill and opted to sell the property.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. Anthony was an energetic leopard who loved to come up and greet visitors at the fence.  Though he was not always eager for enrichment at first, he typically did enjoy it after everyone has left.  Anthony’s favorite enrichment, by far, was Christmas trees. He loved to rub on them, lay on them, and show them off. He got to keep his long into the spring and we even were able to find him some in the summer to enjoy.  Anthony’s Passing July 8, 2021 We have suffered a heartbreaking loss this week. A few short weeks ago Anthony Leopard had an infected tooth that needed to be removed. Knowing his age and the fact that his kidney values had already indicated some kidney disease, we were reluctant to put him through an anesthesia event. Unfortunately tooth abscesses have to be addressed. The procedure went well. We were able to remove a premolar that was infected and a few incisors that were damaged. We recovered him in Quarantine but he didn’t bounce back the way we hoped he would. Most often, when you...
Magoo Ocelot

Magoo Ocelot

Magoo Ocelot [/et_pb_sidebar] [breadcrumb] 2020 - Magoo Valentines Day Enrichment (15)2020 - Magoo Valentines Day Enrichment (5)2020 - Magoo Valentines Day Enrichment (6)2020 - Magoo Valentines Day Enrichment (9)79302791_10157907366258122_6970409191578101328_o2017-116 MagooMagoo Painting22010-04-06 Magoo (1)2010-04-06 Magoo (1)2010-11-18 Magoo (4)2010-11-18 Magoo (2)2010-04-06 Magoo (2)2010-04-06 Magoo (1)2004-04-09 Magoo Ocelot (16)2002-01-05 Magoo (01)2004-03-04 Magoo (26)2003-06-01 Magoo (4) BornJanuary 8, 2000 Born atCarolina Tiger Rescue Passed awayJune 19, 2021 Magoo’s Story Magoo 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. The animals who were born here will remain at Carolina Tiger Rescue for the rest of their lives. Magoo’s Passing June 19, 2021 I have sad news to share about Magoo Ocelot. We have been monitoring Magoo’s health and appetite over the past few weeks and he had a noticeable decline in appetite. Upon his last physical, we also noticed he showed signs of renal disease, so we were aware of the potential for kidney failure in the future. We frequently offered him a buffet of options and he even started to pass on his favorite foods. His disinterest in food made it hard to medicate him, so it became more difficult to manage his upset stomach. Keepers kept a close eye on him in the summer heat and even gave subcutaneous fluids and injectable medications, which unfortunately did not seem to improve his appetite or make him feel better. The decision was made to euthanize him. Upon necropsy, we found evidence...
Carolina Tiger’s Latest Rescue

Carolina Tiger’s Latest Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue, North Carolina’s only federally and GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries)-accredited big cat sanctuary, worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and several other accredited sanctuaries to execute a large-scale rescue of 68 endangered big cats at Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma last week.

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.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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

Virtual Field Trips link

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.

Our Rescues
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Keeper Stripes

Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual Volunteering

Group volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.