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

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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.

Dr. Chloe Wilde is our wildlife biologist. She studied ecology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her favorite topic of study is conservation. Dr. Wilde is passionate about learning about and teaching others about how they can help wild cat populations, including reducing their use of products with palm oil in them. Though Carolina Tiger Rescue does not have any, Dr. Wilde’s favorite animal to study is the clouded leopard.

Dr. Chloe Wilde Blog 9/14/2022

In 1980, the red wolf was declared extinct in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Since then, the red wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) has worked hard to breed and preserve genetically pure red wolves in hopes of being able to release them into the wild. Just 25 years ago, on September 14, 1987, eight captive born red wolves were released into the wilds of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina.

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On the 25th anniversary of their release, there is approximately 20 individual red wolves that can be found living in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. There are now more than 200 red wolves that are part of the red wolf SSP, living in captivity in 50 facilities around the country. Carolina Tiger Rescue was the 50th facility to join the red wolf SSP and is currently home to two female red wolves, Caroline and Mist.