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 10/9/2021

The cooler fall weather is here and that means a few changes for the animals living at the sanctuary. The other keepers and I have been busy removing summer pools from tiger enclosures and preparing animal enclosures for fall and winter. One of the first things we do when the weather starts getting cooler is to add comfy straw beds to animal den boxes. The straw acts as an insulator and a makes a warm comfy place for the animals to escape the cold. We add and change out the straw throughout the fall and winter season to make sure all the animals stay warm and dry all season long.

Some of our animals need a little more assistance to stay warm throughout the cooler months of the year. Many of our small cats have heat mats in their den boxes, in addition to straw, to help them stay warm in their enclosure throughout winter. The kinkajous are not equipped to withstand a North Carolina winter and they have been moved to indoor housing for the season. These temperature-controlled buildings allow us to create an ideal environment for these animals during the fall and winter weather. Whatever the season, keepers are always working hard to ensure the needs of all the animals at the sanctuary are met.