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 1/21/20

Saber Tiger has a new enclosure mate!

If you have visited Carolina Tiger Rescue, you may remember Saber Tiger. He lived on the tour route next to Mona and Moki Tiger. Our keepers recently noticed that Saber needed extra enrichment, as did one of our off tour tigers named Shira. Shira would lay against her enclosure fence to get as close as she could to her neighbors, Mila and Riley Tiger. The keepers decided to introduce Saber and Shira to one another to see if they would like to become enclosure mates.

To introduce the two tigers, it was best to let them share a fence before sharing the same space. This way, we could see how they reacted to being close to one another and they could adjust gradually to the change. At first, Saber and Shira were in separate shifts, or sections, of Shira’s enclosure. Over the course of six weeks, keepers kept a close eye on their behavior to make sure they were not stressed out by the close presence of another tiger and were not aggressive towards one another. If they reacted negatively, we could move Saber back to his old enclosure.

Shira and Saber did very well sharing a fence. They were even seen laying next to each other on opposite sides of the fence! Our keepers decided it was time to let them share the same space and we unshifted them. At first, they were only allowed to interact during the day and were separated at night, but they did so well, that in about four days, they were left together overnight and have been sharing their space ever since!

This was the perfect outcome for Shira and Saber! They will now have daily social enrichment on top of the enrichment they get from keepers and volunteers. I visited the two new enclosure mates today and they seemed to be enjoying themselves. Saber was playing with a boomer ball and a Christmas tree while Shira was climbing platforms and occasionally chasing him. At one point, Shira really wanted the Christmas tree Saber was using, but she patiently waited on the platform below for him to finish with it.

I’m so glad Shira and Saber are here at the Rescue where they receive the right amount of enrichment to keep them busy and happy! This just goes to show that one size does not fit all when it comes to the type or amount of enrichment each animal requires. We will do all we can to give them what they need to live a happy, healthy life.

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
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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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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.

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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!