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 1/22/21

Saber and Shira Tiger are exploring a new enclosure! Well, brand new to Shira and somewhat familiar to Saber. Saber and Shira have moved from Oak Hill to Pine Forest. They now live next to Tasha Tiger and just down the tour path from Kitwana and Zari Caracal. Saber actually lived in this enclosure before being introduced to Shira. Here you can see Saber in his transport crate ready for the move! Although he lived here in the past, there are new sights and smells to experience now, which is exactly why we chose to move the pair!

Enrichment is anything that changes up the animals’ days and keeps their minds and bodies active. Saber and Shira have shown us that they are happiest with extra enrichment. A new enclosure gives them that! Have you ever gotten tired of your room being a certain way so you move the furniture around and it suddenly feels brand new and exciting? That’s what moving enclosures does for Saber and Shira! With new smells, platforms, den boxes, neighbors, and more, there are endless opportunities for them to practice curiosity and explore. They have settled in well and, yes, they are still on tour meaning you can still meet them and hear their stories in person! If you can not make it to North Carolina, you can still get to know this duo by reading Saber and Shira’s profiles on our website!

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.