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 8/1/19

As promised, I have updates on Beau Cougar, our only wild-born cougar rescue! Last time we talked, Beau had just moved to a different enclosure and he is loving it!

Beau has settled a bit more into life here at the sanctuary. He is still unsure about large groups but watches curiously as people work or tour the sanctuary. Small groups of staff and volunteers are allowed to visit his off tour enclosure with permission from the keepers. He has adjusted well to seeing more people and comes up to all animal care staff for treats! If at any time he seems like he wants fewer people to visit, we will adjust for him. His comfort is most important.

All of our animals here at the Rescue choose whether or not they get lots of visitors. If they don’t like big groups of people like our tour groups, they can live off tour. They will get the same treatment in all other aspects of their lives, just with fewer humans coming to their enclosures!

With and without visitors around, Beau’s personality is really starting to show! He loves enrichment but usually only when he is left alone with it. In private, he likes to shred his cardboard enrichment into little pieces. With visitors, he likes to play hide and stalk by quietly moving around his enclosure to keep an eye on them. Just like wild cougars, he is very stealthy and good at stalking!

Beau celebrated his first birthday on July 17! He was estimated to be six months old when he came to us and he has grown so much in the past few months. In these photos, you can see how much bigger he is now! Full-grown male cougars can be up to 200 pounds and 8 feet long from nose to tail tip! I’m excited to see how big Beau gets and we are all looking forward to spending many more birthdays with him!

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

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

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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.

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Field Trips

Field Trips

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Virtual Field Trips

Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching “kids” of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our “Kid for a Day” Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

Our Rescues
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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

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Group Volunteering

There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Big Cat Dinner Club Information

Big Cat Dinner Club

Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!