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 4/25/19

Remember when I mentioned an adult owl hanging out near our staff entrance? Well, leaving the rescue yesterday, we could not believe our eyes! We have two baby owls living near the Food Prep building!

As our vet, Angela, was leaving yesterday, she remembered the adult owl and looked up into the trees to see if he was around. Instead, she spotted two fluffy baby owls, or owlets!! We all got a glimpse of the owlets as we were leaving work and I captured some pictures to show you all.

Our resident bird expert and volunteer coordinator, Maryssa, guesses that these baby owls are about five weeks old. She has several reasons for thinking this. First, they are clearly not fully grown and are not fully feathered yet. Owls are fully feathered at just eight weeks old, so they must be younger than eight weeks. Owls also fledge, or leave the nest and hang out nearby, at around five weeks old. Baby owls may take their first flight at just six weeks old! Because these owlets are still small, not fully feathered, and have begun exploring near the nest, they should be around five weeks old.

Maryssa and I discussed the characteristics of the owls we have seen, and we think that this is a family of Barred Owls. Barred Owls have horizontal lines on their throats and chests that look like bars. This is similar to bobcats being named after their short, “bobbed” tails. Barred Owls are the second largest owl in North Carolina, but they are still only 1-2 pounds when they are full-grown.

Barred Owls roost on branches and natural cavities of trees. They will find an already formed hole in a tree, may add material to make it a cozier nest, and will lay their eggs and raise their babies in it. These owlets were hanging out at the top of a broken part of the tree. So, I’d be willing to bet that there is a cavity that formed when the tree broke and that the owls are using it as a nest.

Barred Owls are opportunistic hunters and will eat pretty much anything they can catch, such as insects, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. We have seen the father owl catch frogs from the pond nearby and feed on an opossum! These owlets will grow up to do the same. I look forward to seeing them grow over the next few weeks and wish them success in their future hunting when they leave the nest!

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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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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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.

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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!