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 4/13/21

Let me hear you belt out the birthday song for Willow Bobcat today! It is Willow’s first birthday! She came to us when she was just five months old. Willow was born in the wild but lost her mother before she was ready to live on her own. A wildlife rehabilitation facility in her home state of Illinois took her in, hoping to raise her to thrive in the wild and release her back into her native habitat. However, Willow continued to seek out humans. This behavior made it unsafe for her to be released. We were asked to give Willow a home and happily took her in.

In her time with us, Willow has surely come out of her shell! She enjoys small groups of visitors and will show her energetic and curious personality to those who spend a little time with her. She enjoys knocking pinecones around and gets excited for new enrichment. It’s hard to imagine that this is the same wild cat who was so shy and nervous in quarantine soon after her arrival. With the right care, plenty of patience, and time and space to settle in, Willow has realized that this is a safe place for her. She has grown so much since coming to her forever home, both in personality and in appearance – just check out these photos of her arrival versus a recent visit to her enclosure!

Willow provides a great opportunity to talk about how we should treat the wild animals around us. Respect their space. Do not try to approach them or feed them. This could be unsafe for you as well as the animal. If you find a baby animal in the wild, it is best to leave them alone. It is very likely that their mother will be back for them and if we move them, we are preventing that reunion. You can, however, make note of where you saw them and check back later to see if they are still there. If they are, the best thing to do is call local wildlife officials, so they may keep an eye on the situation and get the animal to the proper place if necessary. The best thing we can do for wild animals is allow them to be wild!

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.

Our Rescues
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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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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Big Cat Dinner Club

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!