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 3/5/20

$26,300! That’s how much our wonderful donors gave to our 2020 Black Tie and Tails Ball Fund-A-Cause! Each year, Carolina Tiger Rescue chooses a Fund-A-Cause to be featured at our Black Tie and Tails Ball, our biggest fundraiser for the year. The Fund-A-Cause raises money for a big goal of ours. Last year, it was to raise enough money to buy a portable X-ray machine, which would help us more easily evaluate our animals, leading to quicker treatment of any problems. Last year’s Fund-A-Cause was fully funded! In this picture, you can see our veterinarian, Dr. Lassiter, and our Education Director, Katie Cannon, displaying our portable X-ray machine.

This year, our goal was to raise $25,000 for our food fund. The animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue are fed a whole carcass diet, which means they are fed raw meat and bone. A whole carcass diet is beneficial for many reasons. It is the closest diet to what these animals would naturally eat in the wild, it is packed with nutrients they need like calcium, and it keeps their teeth and jaws healthy as well! You can learn more about feeding wild cats by watching “Facebook LIVE Feeding the Cats” on our Videos page. Some of the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue also require a special diet, such as ground meat for Nakobi Cougar, and our food fund allows us to meet their needs. Our food budget is about $80,000 for a single year so every little donation helps!

We are very excited to announce that our Fund-A-Cause goal was exceeded this year! We have many enthusiastic and generous donors who helped raise a whopping $26,300 for our food fund! We are so thankful for all of our donors and supporters who help us give the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue the best care possible.

Think of a place that you want to support, like an animal shelter or food bank, and see how you can help! Maybe you could collect items they need or raise money for them in a creative way! What is a talent you have or something you enjoy doing and how can you use it to help?

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
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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!