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 2/8/19

Beau got his physical today! Every animal, within the first 30 days of coming to Carolina Tiger Rescue, receives a physical. This physical allows us to get a baseline on their health. We draw blood to do a full work up, check all of their joints and teeth, and ensure they are overall healthy. We have waited a little longer than normal with Beau because we don’t want to lose the trust we have gained with him.

The way we do physicals is to sedate the animal first. We never put our hands on any of our animals unless they are sedated for medical procedures. This is for their safety and for ours. Once Beau was sedated in quarantine, we moved him onto an exam table so we could have complete access to him. We hooked him up to several monitoring machines to ensure he was breathing and had a steady heart rate. Continuing to keep an eye on these vitals is extremely important and it’s the job of one of our keepers and us to monitor him. Every five minutes, we check his vitals by listening to his heart rate with a stethoscope, counting how many breaths he is taking per minute, and taking his temperature. With his temperature, we want to ensure he is not getting too warm or too cold and, if he is, we cool him down or warm him up externally.

While Beau is sedated for his physical, we have the opportunity to look at all his joints, look at his feet, check inside his mouth to ensure he has clean and healthy teeth, and check his ears. During the physical, safety is our number one priority. It is always the job of one of the keepers to stay at his head and monitor for signs of him waking up. If she gets ear twitches or he starts to have tension in his jaw, she lets us know so we can give him a bit more medication to keep him asleep. Once we get his blood work back from the lab and if it says he is healthy, we can end his quarantine and start to look at moving him to an outdoor enclosure. Because Beau was born in the wild, we will be taking this process a little more slowly. We want to ensure that he will shift for us once he is outside so we can clean his enclosure. Having him trust us, even a little, is extremely important for him to have a happy and healthy life here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Sometimes that trust takes a little longer than others, but what matters is, it’s always on the animals’ terms!

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.

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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!