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 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

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

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.

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 4/6/20

Today is Yanaba Tiger’s 13th birthday! Yanaba came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2018 with three other tigers, Kaari, Shira, and Tio from a facility in the southwestern United States. Yanaba prefers the quiet life in her off tour enclosure. She is very food-motivated and keeps serious watch over her territory. In honor of Yanaba becoming a teenager, staff made her special birthday enrichment and included a few treats for her to enjoy on her big day. We even featured Yanaba’s birthday surprise in one of our new livestreams. While everyone is spending more time at home these days, we are bringing the sanctuary to you! We have begun featuring animals and sanctuary activities like feeding and enrichment *live* on our Facebook page. To see what live streams we have planned for the future, have a parent check out our Facebook page. If you and your family can not catch us there, the videos are uploaded to YouTube later the same day. To see Yanaba’s birthday enrichment, you can follow this link to the Video page of our Kid’s website. Happy Birthday, Yanaba!