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 8/25/21

Whew! It has been a while since my last update everyone, my apologies! It has been a busy few months here at the sanctuary! Summer interns have come and gone, summer camp was so much fun, and I can’t wait to update you on all the new and exciting things happening at the sanctuary!

Today I want to tell you about our newest arrival at Carolina Tiger Rescue, a young serval named Pixie! Over the 4th of July weekend, animal control picked up a serval and two other cats wandering the woods outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Pixie completed quarantine and had her initial physical exam at another facility before making the journey to North Carolina. The other two cats that Pixie was originally found with also found new homes.  Pixie made the journey from Boston to North Carolina on an airplane and myself and the other animal keepers picked her up at the airport and brought her to her new forever home at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

At just 14 pounds, Pixie is petite and is the smallest serval that calls Carolina Tiger Rescue home. She is a calm and confident serval and we can’t wait to learn more about her as she settles into her new home at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

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.