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

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.

Caprichio Tiger

Caprichio Tiger Gets X-Rays

Caprichio Tiger got X-rays last week, giving Carolina Tiger Rescue’s Dr. Angela Lassiter a closer look at his joints. Read more here!

Caprichio Tiger

How YOU Can Help Endangered Big Cats

On this Endangered Species Day, we challenge you to do what you can to help protect these and other endangered species around the world! Read more here!


Celebrate World Rainforest Day

It’s World Rainforest Day! Several of the animals we care for at Carolina Tiger Rescue are species native to rainforests around the world, so it’s important to do what we can to protect their native habitats. Read more here!

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All Tigers Have Different Stripes

No two tigers have the same stripes — and it’s how Carolina Tiger Rescue staff can identify the residents, especially if a tiger has an enclosure mate. Our education director shares how she uses the cats’ cool stripes to identify five different resident tigers! Read more here!

Caprichio Tiger

Big Cat vs. Small Cat

Carolina Tiger Rescue is home to cats big and small! So, what’s the difference between a big cat and a small cat? We’ll tell you this: It has nothing to do with their size. Read more here!

Carolina Tiger and Caprichio Tiger

Meet the Tigers of the U.S.

For 45 years, Carolina Tiger Rescue has been a refuge that allows big cats and other animals to live out their lives in safety. Most of the animals were personal pets, used in roadside zoos, or rescued from failing sanctuaries. This 55-acre facility has made it its mission to save and protect wild cats in captivity and in the wild. Read more here!

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Palm Oil-Free Baking Guide

Holiday spoiler alert: Most store-bought desserts and baked sweets — everything from cookies and cupcakes to donuts and pies — use palm oil. The good news is that with a bit of a time investment, you can bake your own goods and avoid palm oil altogether. Read more here!

Carolina Tiger and Caprichio Tiger

A Morning with a Keeper

Carolina Tiger Rescue keeper Larissa explains how her day starts, which includes distributing morning meds! Spend a morning with a keeper. Read more here!

Caprichio Tiger

Saving Seven Servals

We are excited to be welcoming seven new servals into the family, just in time for the holidays! This international rescue began several months ago when we were contacted by authorities in British Columbia, Canada after they shut down a backyard breeder. Read more here!

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Chuffling with Carolina Tiger Rescue

What sound does a tiger make? Clearly, the big cats can roar, but there’s a more social greeting the keepers at Carolina Tiger Rescue have grown to know. Get this: they can even mimic it! Read more here!

Caprichio Tiger

Say No to Palm Oil, and Here's Why

Palm oil production is the leading cause of habitat loss for Sumatran tigers. At least 90 percent of their habitat has been claimed by palm oil plantations. Read more here!

Carolina Tiger and Caprichio Tiger

There are some cats Carolina Tiger Rescue can't take

The rescue decided it couldn’t take cat species, such as snow leopards and Canadian lynx, that require a cold climate. At least not at this time. The decision shows Carolina Tiger’s dedication to its rescue, education and conservation efforts. Read more here!

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Quarantine: A Welcome Mat for Rescued Animals

We had a dream for a better welcome experience for our new animals- outdoor access, where they could lounge in the sun, hear the lions oofing at twilight and get used to the sounds of the tractor and vehicles. Read more here!

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What Cub Petting Really Is

It’s hard to resist a cute and cuddly tiger cub, the reality behind cub petting though, is a dark one. Those facilities that are involved in cub petting are only concerned about one thing, and that is how much money they can make. Read more here!

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Keeper Larissa Exercises with Servals

We noticed some of our small cats were carrying a few extra pounds. We then introduced them to an exercise routine that has worked well! Read more here!

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Top Threats Wild Cats Face

Nine tiger subspecies roamed the far east fewer than 100 years ago. Due to poaching and habitat loss, the Caspian, Javan, and Bali subspecies, which were all once found in Indonesia, were wiped out. Read more here!

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WildTrack – How Captive Tigers Are Helping Their Wild Cousins

WildTrack, which uses non-evasive research to monitor wildlife, has been working with Carolina Tiger Rescue for several years to build a database of tiger footprints. Read more here!

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Tigers Found in Train Car – How the Virginia Girls Came to Call Carolina Tiger Rescue Home

State officials in Virginia found the trio in a small, manure-filled cattle trailer during a raid in August 1995. The tigers were meant to be sold. Officials sent the trio to us when we were still known as Carnivore Preservation Trust, and they lived in peace. Read more here!

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How the Sanctuary is Cleared Every Morning

The first step every morning for Carolina Tiger Rescue animal keepers is to clear the sanctuary. One of our skilled keepers will drive around the sanctuary in an closed vehicle to check the health and safety statuses of the big and medium residents. Read more here!

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Tigers Get a Visit from the Dentist

During the two-day mission for the Colorado-based nonprofit, doctors provided 14 root canals, four gingivoplasties, and one extraction. Read more here!

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Why Servals Make Bad Pets

Hobie Serval has never lived in the wild. His species is native to Africa, but he’s never been there. He won’t ever go. Read more here!

Texas ocelot kitten

Trail camera captures baby ocelot at Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge

A photograph of a young ocelot was released Tuesday by the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge on their Facebook page. Read more here!

Bobcat On Utility Pole

One of the most elusive creatures on the Outer Banks photographed atop utility pole

A bobcat was photographed atop a utility pole on Bodie Island, proving the shy creatures live on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Read more here!

Tigers in Bhutan

How one tigress in Bhutan is giving hope for conservation.

Camera traps have revealed a tigress with three healthy cubs in a wildlife corridor in Bhutan. It has been 7 years since the tigress was last seen which was during the national tiger survey in 2014. Read more here!

Bobcat On Utility Pole

Six-pound ‘mystery cat’ is Nat Geo photographer’s milestone species

The Americas’ smallest wildcat is finally getting its day in the sun as the 10,000th image in the Photo Ark project, which aims to document every captive species on Earth. Read more here!

Tiger Steals Bucket

Watch: Why did this tiger steal a bucket from a pair of Russian fishermen? We have some theories.

Up-close cameos by one of the world’s most all-around magnificent carnivores aren’t super-common. Read more here!

Tigers in Bhutan

Cougar or not? Why we think we see big cats in our backyards

Many Americans mistakenly believe they see dangerous animals – so some scientists are taking to Twitter to correct these misperceptions. Read more here!

Bobcat On Utility Pole

You Gonna Eat That? Leopard Steals Food Right Out of Crocodile’s Mouth

We know leopards are opportunistic, but snatching a meal right out of a croc’s mouth? Well that’s just rude. Read more here!

Tiger Steals Bucket

Simply Stunning Rare Cat Caught On Camera

George Turner is a gifted wildlife photographer who excels at capturing animals in their natural state. Earlier this year when exploring the native wildlife of Tanzania on the Namiri Plains-Asilia Africa, he stumbled upon a most beautiful sight: a pure black African serval cat. Read more here!

Tigers in Bhutan

Why Are Some African Lions ‘White?’

They’re not albino—here’s why the big cats can sometimes be a very pale brown. Read more here!

Bobcat On Utility Pole

Rare Black-Maned Ethiopian Lion Caught on Video

What would you do if you suddenly ran into the king of beasts on a dark road in Ethiopia? Scream? Run? Faint? Not Çağan Şekercioğlu. Instead, he took a deep breath and kept his camera rolling from inside his vehicle, capturing a rare video of an Ethiopian lion. Read more here!

Tiger Steals Bucket

Captive tigers in the U.S. outnumber those in the wild. It’s a problem.

Some are in roadside zoos. Some are pets. Many are abused. A lack of regulation on big cats is putting animals and humans at risk. Read more here!

Tigers in Bhutan

A Cinderella Story for Global Tiger Day

What does the fairy tale Cinderella have to do with Global Tiger Day? Quite a lot, if that story is about the wild Amur (or Siberian) tiger named Cinderella (“Zolushka” in Russian). Hers is a tale of hope—and one that provides a blueprint for the future of tigers across Asia. Read more here!