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 7/26/19

And just like that, summer camp is over. Camp was full of so many exciting experiences and it flew by!

This year’s camp had a few brand new activities. For the first time, we used a guidebook throughout camp. Each camper got their very own book and could earn badges by completing the activities on each page. For example, to earn the Veterinary Care badge, campers acted as veterinarians and diagnosed different medical conditions. This included tiger dissection! Campers dissected a toy tiger and diagnosed ailments based on how the organs looked and felt! We also looked at real X-rays together to determine what injuries had occurred. One X-ray was of Elvis Serval’s now amputated leg. One night in 2016, Elvis severely broke his leg. His back left leg was so badly broken that it had to be amputated. After making all of our diagnoses with X-rays and dissection, we visited some of the animals who have chronic medical conditions, including Elvis. We were able to identify the modifications staff made to his enclosure to ensure his comfort and got to see him exploring it. He has not let his amputation slow him down!

One of my favorite parts of camp was our presentation from North Carolina State University students. These students work in Dr. Adam Hartstone-Rose’s lab and study functional morphology. Functional morphology means the study of the link between an animal’s anatomy and what they use their different body parts for. Dr. Hartstone-Rose focuses on the relationships between animals’ diets and their jaws, teeth, and related muscles, so he studies and measures skulls. His students showed us many different animal skulls. We were able to see the differences in their teeth depending on what they normally eat. For example, carnivores generally have sharper teeth that can cut through meat while herbivores generally have flatter teeth that will grind food. In this photo, from top to bottom, we have a tiger skull, deer skull, and hornbill skull. Can you guess what type of food these animals eat based on their teeth? Test yourself!

I’m glad so many campers were able to spend time with us this summer! They learned so much about what it takes to keep the animals here healthy and happy, everything from habitat design and how big to make an enclosure to enrichment and what Magoo Ocelot’s favorite scent is. I’m already looking forward to next year’s summer camp adventures!

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.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot 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 Information

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!