Dr. Lamar Hunter has just joined the Carolina Tiger Rescue team as a wildlife veterinarian. After he graduated from NC State’s vet school, Dr. Hunter studied under Dr. Angela Lassiter at Carolina Tiger Rescue. He helps with physicals, medical procedures, and loves seeing the animals improve under the care of the awesome vets at the rescue. Dr. Hunter enjoys working with all the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue, but his favorite is the lions.

Dr. Hunter’s Blog 1/2/20

The seven servals said goodbye to quarantine! I’m happy to report that they have all been moved into their outdoor enclosures. What a way to ring in the new year!

The four females, Cher, Blondie, Stevie, and Queen, were the first to move outside. They moved in next to Daxon Serval off tour on Mimosa Point. The girls are certainly enjoying the features of their enclosure. When I visited, Stevie was sunning herself on top of one of the den boxes without a care in the world. Blondie was first laying in one of the straw-filled den boxes but soon emerged to walk the perimeter of her enclosure keeping an eye on her surroundings. Queen is the most shy of the girls and kept her distance from me while looking out at the sanctuary. Cher, the most talkative of the girls, was sure to hiss at me before sitting atop the tallest platform and watching the wind blow through the tree above her. At one point she even held her paw up as if to strike the branches when they dared to move again.

Our three new male servals, Mick, Bowie, and Dylan, have moved into an off tour enclosure in Elm Grove next to Wednesday and Baxter Kinkajou’s winter house and across the path from Albert and Lola Kinkajou’s winter house. The boys have quickly adjusted to the commotion of a working sanctuary and do not seem to mind the staff, volunteers, and work vehicles that pass by their enclosure. I went with Keeper Tessa Stripes to check on the boys today. Dylan was high up on a platform watching his territory, Mick was relaxing in a den box, and Bowie was laying in a cozy spot under a tree. They have loved sleeping in their warm dens and napping in the sun.

It is so exciting to see the new servals enjoying an outdoor home and so fun to see their personalities really begin to shine. We will give them all the time and space they need to adjust and settle in. Knowing they went from dark, terrible conditions in a trailer to these spacious, beautiful outdoor enclosures reinforces how important our work at Carolina Tiger Rescue is!

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.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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
Bobcat 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 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!