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.

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 Post 1/9/2023

With 2022 coming to an end, I would like to take some time to reflect back on some of the memories, rescues and the year we have had here at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

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In March, a young bobcat named Molly was voluntarily surrendered by her owners who knew that Carolina Tiger Rescue would be a better permanent home for her. In May, Haiku serval was surrendered to the sanctuary after being kept as a private pet in Tennessee and becoming too much for his family to handle. In September, four bobcats, JJ, Cairo, Rio and Monaco were surrendered by a private owner in Texas and came to their forever home at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Lastly, in November, we welcomed a young serval named Pharoah and a young caracal named Nelly who were both owned as pets in Tennessee and needed to find a new home when their owners moved to a state that it was no longer legal to keep them.

We not only took in several rescues this year, but even welcomed a couple new species! In October, we welcomed Garcia, a raccoon, and Catana a New Guinea singing dog. These two individuals came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from the Tri-State Zoological Park in Maryland. After years of violations for improper veterinary care and failure to provide properly for the animals in their care, the animals were finally placed in permanent homes at accredited sanctuaries.

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In addition to rescues, we received so much love and support from our amazing volunteers, adoptive parents and visitors this year. During our giving Tuesday campaign, we raised funds to build a big cat enclosure that will aid in rescuing and providing homes to more wild cats in need. We welcomed new volunteers, work groups, summer campers and classrooms to the sanctuary to share our mission and support the animals that call Carolina Tiger Rescue home. Our mission would not be possible without the incredible support we receive from all of our supporters, thank you!

That’s a wrap on 2022! I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings!