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 5/30/19

Our volunteers, work groups, and staff have been working for months on new outdoor habitats for Wednesday, Lola, Baxter, and Albert Kinkajou. Today, all the hard work was worth it when the kinkajous excitedly explored their new enclosures!

Most of our animals do great in the colder months and get straw and/or heating in their den boxes. However, our kinkajous and coatimundi spend their winters indoors and are moved outside when the weather grows warmer. That time has come!

Kinkajous are mainly arboreal, which means they spend most of their lives in trees. They have long, prehensile tails which they use to balance in the branches of trees. Prehensile means that they can grasp onto limbs with their tail. While a kinkajou may not hang from their tail, they can use it to steady themselves, like when you put your arms out to balance yourself on a beam. Because kinkajous are such great climbers, we wanted to provide them with many different things to climb on in their new homes.

Before the kinkajous were released into their individual enclosures, I checked over the areas one last time for any safety concerns and spread some treats on the platforms to encourage them to explore their new homes. The photo above shows Wednesday enjoying the view from her new wooden bench after she’d eaten a grape! Our kinkajous have den boxes, platforms, and fire hoses that they can enjoy. We can move all of these pieces around the enclosures anytime we clean, practically giving the kinkajous a whole new enclosure to explore. I like to do this to my own room at home; rearranging the furniture always seems to create a brand new space!

Our kinkajous loved checking out their new summer homes. Baxter jumped back and forth between platforms and even scurried up a post to climb on the ceiling as you can see in the picture to the left. He had a blast and I had so much fun watching them explore!