The alluring scents of exotic spices filled the Washington Duke Inn on February 23 for Carolina Tiger Rescue’s 12th annual Black Tie & Tails Ball, “The Mysteries of Morocco,” the Rescue’s largest fundraiser of the year. We had over 200 guests come out to dine on delicious Moroccan dishes, play exciting games and help raise money for the animals at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

With live and silent auctions, as well as item sales, we were able to raise over $122,000. This year’s Fund-A-Cause raised over $28,000 for life-saving portable x-ray equipment. Proceeds from the formal event will provide care for the animals and fund education programs. 

Did you have your portrait taken at the Ball? Access your images here: Ball Photos

Taniya Wright, the emcee for the event

Guests bid on items in our exciting auction

Robin Davis, owner of Maxie B’s Bakery, bids on a item

The 13th annual Black Tie and Tails Ball will be held on February 29, 2020.


Special thanks to these 2019 Ball sponsors, who made it all possible:


VMS, Vital Management Services




Centrifuge Media Inc.

Petore Construction




The Animal Hospital of Carrboro

Cambridge Hills, Silver Thread Senior Communities

Hunter & Rob Goss

Marks Consulting

Marshall Smith & David Hathaway

Strata Solar

Mark & Elizabeth Zeringue


Edward Jones, Office of Chad Virgil 

Lolly Gasaway & Kim Korando

Hobbs Architects

Hopper Cummings, PLLC

Mebane Equine Bodyworks

Becky & Dan Naples

Mark Phialas & Ruth Stalvey

Summit  Design and Engineering Services   




Sandra Bennett

Cats Love Housecalls Mobile Veterinary Service


First Citizens Bank

Hill, Chesson, & Woody

Bunny & Steve Koff

Koonce, Wooten & Haywood, LLP

Learn IT Digitally 

Metal Impressions, Inc.

Guy & Michelle Morency

Murphy’s Naturals 

North Carolina Signs

Marc & Michelle Reeves

Starrlight Mead

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

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

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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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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


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!