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. Wilde’s Blog 11/20/19

Let’s take a look at cat teeth!

All cats are obligate carnivores, which means they must eat meat to survive and thrive. They must catch and eat other animals as prey. Cats have physical adaptations that make them great predators. Physical adaptations are changes to an animal’s body that make it better suited for its environment and life. Everything about cats’ teeth match the way they live. Let’s check this out on a replica, or copy, of a tiger skull.

A cat needs to be able to grab onto and kill prey. They have long sharp teeth in the front of their mouth that they can use to attack. These are called canine teeth and a tiger’s canine teeth can be 3 inches long! Tigers will pull prey to the ground using their bodies and their canines so these teeth go deep into the jaw bone to be strong and sturdy.

While canine teeth are really cool, my favorite adaptation is their back teeth! If you run your tongue across your back teeth, they feel flat. This is because we use our teeth to grind down food before swallowing. Cats do not have flat teeth; they have sharp back teeth called carnassial teeth. These carnassial teeth act like scissors and cut through meat and bone! While eating, cats turn their head to the side to use their carnassial teeth to cut away bits of meat and then they swallow these pieces whole. They do not need to chew and grind up their food like we do. Occasionally, they will bite off a piece a bit too large for them. Then, they will simply regurgitate it, or spit it back up, and try again.

Now that you’ve seen how cats’ teeth are perfect for their diet, check out some of these other animal skulls and think about how their teeth, or even their lack of teeth, matches what they eat!

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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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.

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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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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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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!