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 1/24/19

Sometimes, my job is a hard one and, as much as I love it, some days are harder than others. Today is one of those days. We have been keeping a close eye on Max Tiger for a while now. Over the last couple months, he showed signs of getting older and slowing down and, considering he was 19, that was not a surprise. Over the last couple months, he also developed ringworm, which was a sign to us that his immune system was not as healthy as it once was. Our cats come into contact with ringworm all the time, but when they have great immune systems, they are able to protect themselves from getting it. Because Max was showing up with it, it told us that his immune system was struggling.

We decided to keep a close eye on him and up his medication to help make him as comfortable as possible and ensure that he was not in any pain.

Yesterday, however, Max was not interested in eating any food. He had been off and on with wanting to eat food for a couple days, but yesterday he wasn’t interested at all. He also spent most of his day in his denbox and did not look like he felt well. We talked with Dr. Lassiter and decided we would see how he was doing today before we made any decisions.

Today, after talking with Dr. Lassiter, we decided there was nothing else we could do for Max. We had given him all the medications we could to make him comfortable, but he was showing signs of his body shutting down, so we decided it was time to help him pass on. Having an animal pass away is always difficult and something we all take very hard. Max had been a Rescue favorite. His grumpy attitude won the hearts of everyone who met him. He loved giving chuffles to his favorite people and he would also growl at those he didn’t particularly like. Max lived at Carolina Tiger Rescue for the last 8 years and we were able to provide him with a stress-free home as he grew older. We will miss him dearly but are so glad we knew him and were able to care for him over the last 8 years. 

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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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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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!