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 Post-1/1/2021

I think we can all agree that 2020 was a very interesting year. Back in early 2020, we heard about a novel (new) virus that was beginning to show up in Asian countries. This virus was spreading quickly and by March, most of the United States, including Carolina Tiger Rescue was quarantining to keep everyone safe. The good news is, we at Carolina Tiger Rescue have not only been able to keep the humans safe, but also the animals. It was also discovered, in March, that cats were also susceptible to COVID-19. There were several tigers at the Bronx Zoo that were diagnosed with the virus. So far, those big cats that have come down with it have made full recoveries! Here at Carolina Tiger Rescue, we are working hard to keep our animals safe by always wearing masks around them. It’s important to keep them healthy and though we do not have close contact with them, it’s better safe than sorry so we mask up for the humans and the animals!  

2020 wasn’t all bad though, we were able to rescue 3 new animals including a serval, coatimundi, and a bobcat kitten. I would like to introduce you to Willow Bobcat! Willow was born in the wild in Illinois, but orphaned at just a couple months old. She was still too young to live on her own and after being rescued by a wildlife rehab facility in Illinois, she quickly made it clear, she preferred the company of humans; this made it dangerous to release her into the wild so the next best alternative was to find her a suitable home in captivity. We were called and were more than happy to provide her with her forever home. Willow came to us when she was just 5 months old. Due to her young age, she received food daily along with probiotics and vitamins to ensure she grows up healthy and strong. Willow is settling in nicely and we are excited to watch her grow. She is much more shy than our other bobcats, but that is to be expected since she spent the first couple months of her life learning to hide from humans to keep her safe. She has started enjoying taking treats from a stick though and is learning that her keepers bring her food!

We are looking forward to a great year here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. We hope to be able to provide new animals with their forever home, but most importantly, we will continue to educate the public on the animals we have rescued. It is important for everyone to know how they can help animals in captivity and animals in the wild. As you look forward to a new year, think about how you can help out too! Remember, it’s never safe to handle or hold a wild animal nor is it respectful of that animal. Pick up litter and keep the environment clean for native wildlife. Don’t forget about your animals at home too! Provide them with lots of enrichment to keep their bodies and minds healthy! Happy 2021 everyone!

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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Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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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Tiger 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!