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 9/8/2021

By now, I am sure you have heard about our latest rescue, a young serval named Pixie! She is settling in well and seems to be enjoying her new home at Carolina Tiger Rescue. The staff and volunteers have been getting to know her personality and have found her to be a very confident and curious wild cat. Since 1991, Carolina Tiger Rescue has rescued 93 animals, representing 11 different species from 18 different states. Of those 93 rescued animals, 14 of them have been servals. 

Queen Serval
Queen Serval

Servals are easy to breed and have an exotic appearance, making them popular in the exotic pet trade. Due to their small size and unique appearance, people will often purchase servals as pets to keep in their homes like house cats. What they don’t realize, is that once that adorable kitten reaches maturity at around 18-24 months of age, they become very difficult to keep as pets. Servals are wild animals with wild instincts, sharp claws and teeth and extraordinary physical abilities that would help them survive in the wild. Servals can jump up to 12 feet in the air, hear a rodent 6 inches underground, and have the fastest paw strike of all the cats, at 1/60 of a second.

What happens when someone gets a serval kitten to keep as a pet and then decides that the animal is too aggressive or destructive to keep in their home? Often, these cats are surrendered to a rescue like Carolina Tiger Rescue, confiscated by authorities and sometimes owners just let them loose leaving the cat to fend for itself, posing threats to the serval, other animals, and humans in the surrounding area. These cats deserve better than that and we look forward to a day when servals no longer need rescued from these dire situations.

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.

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
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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Keeper Stripes

Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

Group volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.