Internships are an integral part of educating students and other pre-professionals about the issues facing wild cats, both in captivity and in the wild. Interns at Carolina Tiger Rescue will be exposed to daily animal care, join weekly meetings to discuss various topics, and attend weekly lectures to expand their knowledge base. By the end of their time at Carolina Tiger, interns will not only have gained experience in caring for animals, they will also be in a position to discuss issues ranging from animals in entertainment, basic vet care, and the pitfalls of private ownership.  

Due to the intensity of the program, interns must be able to work from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, for the entire twelve-week session. Unfortunately, at this time Carolina Tiger Rescue is unable to offer a stipend or on-site housing.  

During their time at Carolina Tiger Rescue, interns will learn:
  • Proper and safe feeding and watering 
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Enclosure cleaning 
  • Animal enrichment
  • Medication preparation and delivery
  • Animal observation and record keeping
Some of the topics that will be covered in weekly talks and lectures include:
  • Natural history of the species
  • The use of wild animals in entertainment
  • Basic veterinary care
  • Enrichment for exotic animals
  • Vetting animal facilities
  • Veterinary care of exotic animals

***Please Note***

As part of the application process, you will need to supply a resume, cover letter, and two professional (non-relative) letters of reference.  More information will be emailed to you after you have submitted your application. 

Have questions about internships at Carolina Tiger Rescue? Email our Internship Coordinator, Kathryn Bertok.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 summer animal care internship program. The 2022 application will be available in October.

Have questions about internships at Carolina Tiger Rescue? Email our Internship Coordinator, Kathryn Bertok.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021 summer animal care internship program. The 2022 application will be available in October.  

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.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.

Our Rescues
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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BOBCATS

Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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CARACALS

Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COATIMUNDIS

Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COUGARS

Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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KINKAJOUS

In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LEOPARDS

Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LIONS

Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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OCELOTS

Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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SERVALS

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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TIGERS

Animals
Games
Activities
Keeper Stripes

Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual Volunteering

Group volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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

Donate to Carolina Tiger Rescue

Donate

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!