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. Lamar Hunter Blog Post 10/19/2022

Dr. Hunter here and I have some exciting news to share with you all! On Wednesday October 12, two new animals came to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home. Our keeper staff returned from Tri-State Zoo in Maryland with a two-year-old male raccoon, and a geriatric female New Guinea singing dog.

Queen Serval
Queen Serval

The Tri-State Zoological Park opened in 2003 and acquired most of its animals from third party individuals. In recent years, they have received numerous violations for not providing adequate veterinary care, sanitation, enrichment, and several other concerns. The Tri-State Zoo and PETA have been engaged in various legal battles surrounding the facility and on October 2, the two parties reached an agreement. The acquired animals were returned to their owners and PETA worked to relocate the other animals to accredited facilities across the country.

Both individuals are settling in nicely and getting comfortable in their new surroundings. They will be in quarantine for a couple of weeks while we assess their behavior and make sure they are healthy before moving to their enclosures in the sanctuary. We can’t wait to get to know them more and see their individual personalities shine through.

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.