Sumatran tiger looking out from the forest



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.


What’s the problem with palm oil?

90% of Sumatran tiger habitat has been lost to palm oil plantations.
Fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers exist today.

Rainforests are being cut and burned at an alarming rate to clear land for palm oil tree plantations.  

Every hour, land equivalent to 300 football fields is lost – leaving tigers with an ever shrinking and more fragmented habitat.

In addition to critical habitat loss, palm oil plantation practices contribute to air pollution, soil and water pollution, soil erosion, climate change, and have devastating impacts on the indigenous people who have relied on the rainforest for generations.

Palm oil is found in 50% of household products that Americans use every day.  

Over 25 different common ingredients in consumer products are derived from palm oil.

Tigers are a species in peril

  • Wild tiger populations have decreased from 100,000 individuals to 3,800 in just 100 years. 
  • Three of the nine tiger subspecies are already extinct, with habitat destruction as one of the main contributors to the tiger’s decline.
  • Wild tiger habitats have decreased by 93% over the past 100 years.
  • Palm oil plantations are not only taking wild habitat from Sumatran tigers, but also from other tiger subspecies, rhinoceros, clouded leopards, orangutans, and many more species.


  • Contact the customer service lines of your favorite consumer products and let them know you want them to stop using palm oil and palm oil-derived ingredients.
  • Learn the many names of ingredients that are derived from palm oil: Common Names for Palm Oil and Palm Oil Derivatives
  • When you shop, scan for palm oil along with other ingredients you try to avoid – there are alternatives and some companies are increasingly using other oils.
  • Because palm oil is in so many consumer products, it can be difficult to avoid buying products that use palm oil. The good news is, if you can’t avoid it, you can look for palm oil that was produced in an environmentally responsible, sustainable way.

    Independent certification agencies can verify producers who are using best practices to protect the communities and habitats where their palm oil is produced.

Image result for roundtable sustainable palm oilLook for products with the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) label to ensure that the products you’re buying are made with certified sustainable palm oil.

Image result for green palm sustainability logoProducts with the Green Palm label are transitioning to certified sustainable palm oil.


You can learn more about palm oil production and the problems it presents to the environment and to the survival of many different species. Many organizations are working hard to help educate the public about this critical issue.  

Here are  links with additional information.

Ready to take what you have learned to the store?

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has created an app for Apple and Android that will help you buy products made with sustainable palm oil.  Click here to download the app.  

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.

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Red Wolves
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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.