Animal Husbandry Internship

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.

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 on-site housing.  We will have a modest stipend of for interns that are accepted into the program (amount TBD).

Because our interns work so closely with our animals, a COVID vaccine is required to be able to participate in our animal husbandry internship program.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

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.

The application for the summer 2024 Animal Husbandry Internship has been closed for this summer.  Our 2025 application will be opened in October 2025.

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

The application for the summer 2024 Animal Husbandry Internship has been closed for this summer.  Our 2025 application will be opened in October 2025.