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 4/7/19

My, what a busy weekend it has been! On Friday, we had a booth at Scifest and on Sunday, we took our education vehicle to Touch A Truck!

SciFest was a new event for us! We were in the “Imagine” section where kids could try to imagine themselves doing different jobs and see how they liked it. Keeper Tessa Stripes and I represented Carolina Tiger Rescue and talked about Tessa’s job as a keeper! We would not take an animal with us to an event, so we had to give them a preview of the keeper job by showing them pictures and tools, as you can see in the photo to the right. We took a treat stick and a target with us. A treat stick is used to feed the animals, you guessed it, treats! Keepers can also give medicine using a treat stick by putting the medicine in meat and then putting that on the end of the stick. On one end, it is pointed so we can stick the meat on the end of the stick and push it through the fence. It is also three feet long so that we can stay a safe distance from the enclosure. It is wooden so, if an animal pulls it away from us, they can safely play with it and chew on it.

When I said we took a target, you might have pictured a target with circles and a bullseye, but it’s actually a ball on a stick! It is used in operant conditioning to refocus the animal on their training. If the animal gets distracted, we will signal for them to touch the ball with their nose and it gets their attention back on us. I’ll discuss operant conditioning on the blog later, so keep an eye out for that! Students at SciFest were also given the opportunity to touch our pelts and see firsthand the differences in wildcat furs. I hope at least one student pictured themselves as a keeper and liked what they saw!

On Sunday, we attended Touch A Truck, an event sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 39 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina! Great job, Scouts! Our education vehicle was recently decorated with pictures of some of our animals, so this was a great opportunity to show that off while also educating kids about what we do and why it’s so important. We took our trivia wheel to quiz people about our animals. They were so smart and definitely lightened our load by winning lots of prizes! As you can see in this photo of me enjoying the event, we took a small animal crate as well to show how we might transport our smaller animals for medical care. There were some other really cool vehicles there, like an ambulance, a fire truck, an 18-wheeler, and even military and construction vehicles!

I had loads of fun this weekend with our volunteers and the public. I hope that all the students and attendees learned something about our mission here at the Rescue and that at least one kid was inspired to be a keeper!

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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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

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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!