Raccoons (Scientific name: Procyon lotor) are nocturnal and are rarely seen in the daylight hours. They are solitary animals that only come together for breeding and while a mother is raising her young. Raccoons are highly adaptable and can be found in the wild as well as suburban and urban areas. They have a highly developed sense of touch and a keen sense of hearing. 

  • Grayish Brown coat color
  • Long tail with 5-7 complete dark rings and a dark tip
  • Has a mask of black fur that covers their eyes


Raccoons are native to North America and can be found in many parts of the United States. They are not found in parts of the Rocky Mountains, and southwestern states like Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Raccoons can also be found in parts of Canada, Mexico and the northern most regions of South America.

14-23 pounds
Bowling Ball
15 pounds

Raccoon    24-38 inches long

A Man’s Stride           36 inches long

Raccoon       A raccoon can run up to                   15 mph



Cheetahs    75 mph



  • Fruit
  • Seeds and Nuts
  • Fish
  • Bird Eggs
  • Plants

In cities, raccoons scavenge around garbage bins looking for tasty leftovers to eat



  • Habitat Loss
    Raccoons are losing a lot of their habitat to roads and railroads.
  • Hunting and Trapping
    Raccoons are often considered pests and many people will hunt and trap them
  • Considered: Least Concern
Did you know…

There are
   species of    Raccoons!
Did you know…

A Raccoon’s tail can be up to
inches long!
Did you know…

There can be up to
baby raccoons in a litter!

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

Virtual Field Trips link

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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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.