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 9/15/21

Recently we installed new larger food chutes on some of our enclosures. The lions, Roman and Reina, were the first to give them a try and so far, they are getting rave reviews! We use food chutes at Carolina Tiger Rescue to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers and animals while feeding. All of our wild cat residents have some kind of food chute attached to their enclosures. The small cats have a small chute and the medium and large cats have larger chutes made from PVC piping. Our amazing site team recently started replacing our big cat feed chutes and these new food chutes are large enough to allow us to feed larger whole carcass diets to the cats with ease. 

Feed chutes can be used for feeding an animal a partial or full meal, giving enrichment to small and medium cats, and giving treats to certain animals.Standing about three feet from the enclosure fence, staff and volunteers can safely open the lid of the feed chute and safely place the food or enrichment items into the chute where the item will then travel down the chute and into the animal’s enclosure. 

All staff and animal care volunteers are properly trained on using food chutes to ensure the safety of both humans and animals. We also ask that our cats have some basic manners at mealtimes and train all staff and volunteers to not put anything in the food chute until the animal has all four paws on the ground. This ensures that all staff, volunteers, and animals are safe while using the food chutes at Carolina Tiger Rescue. The new big cat food chutes have been a big hit among the keepers and animal care volunteers!

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.

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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.

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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.