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

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Magoo Ocelot

Magoo Ocelot

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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.

Rajah Tiger

Rajah Tiger

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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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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.

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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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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Big Cat Dinner Club

Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!