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 3/13/19

I have an exciting update for you today! Beau Cougar has been moved to an outdoor enclosure! The enclosure he is in now will not be his permanent enclosure; that is still being built. This enclosure will allow him to get used to being outside again and become more comfortable in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is a very different place than what he is familiar with. He has new smells, sounds, and sights to get used to! Never before has this little guy seen or heard tigers, smelled ocelots, or caught a glimpse of a serval. This transition will take some time and we are allowing him as much time as he needs to become comfortable. He is not allowed visitors as he settles in, in order to keep him calm and allow him to adjust to his new home.

The plan now is to keep the area around Beau as calm and quiet as possible. We want to be sure he continues to progress with learning to trust his caretakers. It will continue to take time, but we are confident he will learn to trust us. We are giving him lots of enrichment and things for him to do and are finding that he enjoys the enrichment when no one else is around. Throughout most of the day, he hangs out in his cabana and takes his cat naps. At night, he likes to hang out in his den box and explore his enclosure. We can tell he is becoming more and more comfortable with his surroundings because he is not hissing and growling as much. This is a great sign! More to come in the next couple weeks with Beau, I promise!