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. Hunter’s Blog 3/30/20

Mama Serval has been cleared from quarantine and moved to an outdoor enclosure! When animals first come to Carolina Tiger Rescue, they must spend at least their first 30 days in quarantine. Quarantine is important for many reasons. It gives keepers and the veterinarian a chance to ensure that the animal is healthy and does not have any illnesses that our other animals can pick up. If he or she is sick, we can treat them in quarantine and prevent the illness from spreading. Each animal in quarantine receives a physical from the veterinarian which allows us to get a baseline on their health. During the animal’s time in quarantine, keepers also get an idea of what their personality is. Some animals show their personalities immediately and others need a little bit of time to adjust. Their time in quarantine allows them to settle into sanctuary life a little bit before they continue adjusting in their outdoor enclosure.

Mama Serval became more comfortable with the keepers while in quarantine. She even approached the fence to take food off of treat sticks! Mama passed quarantine and was released into her outdoor enclosure yesterday morning! Zoey Serval moved into an enclosure next to Beau Cougar, and Mama moved into Zoey’s former enclosure. This space is across from Carolina, Caprichio, and India Tiger’s enclosure and just down the path from food prep. Mama cautiously emerged from her transport crate but was soon exploring her new space and climbing on her platforms! I am so happy to see Mama enjoy a sunny enclosure in the great outdoors, a much better home for a wild cat than a New York apartment. To read about Mama’s journey to Carolina Tiger Rescue, read Keeper Stripes’ previous blog post. Well, that’s all for now. Have a paw-sitively great day!

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.

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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
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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 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!