Tessa Stripes is our newest animal keeper here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. She studied wildlife biology at Virginia Tech. Before coming to Carolina Tiger Rescue, she interned at Wildlife Safari. Her favorite animals to work with are tigers! She enjoys giving the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue a safe and appropriate home for them. It’s a hard and dirty job, but she loves it! Her favorite time of year at the rescue is the fall, when all the animals get pumpkins for enrichment!

Keeper Tessa Stripes Blog 12/16/2021

It has been an exciting month at the sanctuary, and we have some big news to share with you all! Occasionally the circumstances of a particular rescue dictate that we do not discuss or share information about certain animals that come to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home. This is done to protect the animals as well as the nature of the legal cases surrounding them and requires us to keep them a secret. Once the safety of the animals is ensured and the legal cases have come to a close, the secret can come out and we can share these animals and their stories with you all!

With that being said, we can finally introduce you all to five animals that have called Carolina Tiger Rescue home since the summer of 2019! Meet Bud, Poppy, Tulip, and Clover Coatimundis and Fabio von Prickles, the African Crested Porcupine! They made their way to Carolina Tiger Rescue during the summer of 2019 after being rescued from a roadside zoo in Quebec, Canada. 

Approximately 200 animals were seized from this facility after the owner was charged with several animal welfare violations. The SPCA noted that the living conditions at this zoo were some of the worst they had ever seen with many animals in dire need of a better quality of life. We are so glad that we were able to provide a better quality of life for these five amazing animals and are grateful for all the support and generosity of our volunteers and donors that help make rescues like these possible.

All five of these amazing animals have settled into their homes here at Carolina Tiger Rescue and it has been so nice to get to know their unique personalities over the past 2.5 years. We are so excited to share more about them with our entire Carolina Tiger Rescue family!

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

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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.

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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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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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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.