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. Lamar Hunter Blog Post 8/19/2022

Dr. Hunter here and I am excited to share some exciting news with you all! We recently introduced tigers Shailah, Naveen and Samar and I am here to tell you a little about them and where they came from! These three tigers were rescued from “Tiger King Park” in Thackerville, Oklahoma last year in May and have been living at the sanctuary ever since. We had to keep information about them under wraps as the court case surrounding their rescue was finalized.

Queen Serval
Queen Serval

Tiger King Park was closed due to numerous Endangered Species Act violations that included lack of proper veterinary care, lack of proper nutrition and inadequate shelters provided for the animals. This left the animals without enough space to enagage in natural behaviors. At the time of rescue, 68 animals were confiscated from the property and placed in accredited sanctuaries across the country.

Since their rescue, Shailah, Naveen and Samar have received the best veterinary care, diets, enclosures and enrichment and they have settled in nicely to sanctuary life. We can’t wait to share more about their individual personalities with you all!