White tigers often catch the eye of guests because of their striking white fur. However, white tigers are purposely bred in captivity through inbreeding to make a profit. They are often used in the entertainment industry for this reason. We want you to learn more about white tigers so you can make educated decisions about the places you visit. Read about Saber and how he came to live at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

Fast Facts About White Tigers

  • White tigers are not a separate subspecies of tigers
  • White tigers only occur in the Bengal subspecies of tigers
  • The odds of white tigers being born in the wild is 1 in 15,000 births
  • The gene that produces white tigers is a recessive gene, both parents must have the gene for the cubs to have the potential to be white
  • All white tigers in captivity are inbred, descended from a single white tiger that was captured from the wild in the 1950’s

Saber was bred for a magician in Las Vegas. His teeth were filed down and he was declawed to make him “safer” to handle.

Saber was born with crossed eyes. Due to the inbreeding white tigers can be born with a multitude of birth defects including being blind or deaf.

Long Lasting Effects of White Tigers

  • When a facility is breeding white tigers, only 1 in every 30 is a “show quality” tiger, leaving the other 29 unwanted.
  • Unwanted cubs are often sold for the pets or parts trade, into roadside zoos, or otherwise discarded.
  • White tigers continue to be bred because they can be sold for a high profit and they attract attention due to their unique color.

Take Action

It is important to understand the truth and consequences about white tigers and how to help!
  • Avoid places that breed white tigers. Facilities who offer this, do it for the money, if they are no longer making money, they will end the practice.
  • Educate others on the truth behind white tigers. Many times people simply do not know the facts about white tigers.
  • Visit accredited facilities that are committed to conservation or rescuing wild animals and that do not exploit animals.

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.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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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Individual Volunteering

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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.