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

Rescue

Education

  • 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.

Lions
BEHAVIOR

Lions (scientific name: Panthera leo) are the only cats that live in family groups, making them the only social cats. A group of lions is called a pride. Prides can have 2-40 members. Female lions typically stay in the same pride their entire lives. Male lions leave their prides when they are about 2 years old. Lions are the second largest of the cat species. Female lions do most of the hunting while the males protect the pride’s territory. Males tend to eat first when the pride catches prey.

COLOR PATTERN
  • Yellow-blonde, tan, light brown coats
  • Male lions have a brown mane around their neck and head – this attracts females and protects their neck from other males
  • Brown tuft of fur at the end of their tail
  • Dark spots on the backs of their tan ears

WHERE WE LIVE

Despite being called the king of the jungle, lions do not live in the jungle. Lions live in grassy plains, the savanna, and dry, open woodlands. The territory of a lion pride can be anywhere from 15-400 square miles.

WEIGHT
Lion
300 – 575 pounds
 
Piano
500 pounds
LENGTH
Lion
5.5 – 8.2 feet long
 
Bicycle
6 feet long
Bonus
Lion
A lion’s roar can be heard 5 miles away
 
Airplane
Airplanes fly 5 miles above the earth
WHAT WE EAT

OBLIGATE CARNIVORE

  • Zebra
  • Wild Boar
  • Water Buffalo
  • Antelope
  • Giraffes
  • Hippopotamus
  • Elephants

Lions are known to scavenge (take) the prey from other predators like hyenas and leopards.

 

THREATS

  • Habitat Loss
    Lions are losing a lot of their habitat to farming and urbanization.
  • Trophy Hunting
    Trophy hunting is a big threat to wild lions; people want to hunt the biggest and best male which is not good for the general health of the lion population.
  • Considered: Vulnerable
Did you know…

Male lions eat on average
15
pounds of meat a day!
Did you know…

Female lions
do
90%
of the
hunting!
Did you know…

Lions sleep
up to
20
hours
a day!