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.

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’s Blog 01/16/2024

I hope you have had a great start to your 2024! As we’ve entered this new year, I’ve been reflecting on some of my favorite parts of 2023. We welcomed seven new animals into the sanctuary last year, and we’re so happy to be their forever home.

Saber Tiger

In the summer, we took in four servals: Saka, Kito, King, and Simba. All of these boys started their lives off as failed pets before finding their way to a sanctuary. They’re adjusting really well to life at Carolina Tiger Rescue. They’re still a little shy, so tours can’t stop to see them, but when it’s just the keepers around, they love to play with enrichment.

In the fall, we rescued a new species: Asian Leopard Cats! We took in three girls named Pepper, Clove and Ginger. Their owner was breeding them to sell as pets. We’re glad they made their way to us where we can treat them like the wild animals that they are. These girls took a while to settle it, but they are definitely getting comfortable. They may only be six pounds, but they make up for their small size with their big personalities.

Last year was also a great year for guests visiting the sanctuary. We had lots of tours and very fun camp days! I am excited to see what we’ll get up to this year!