2020 Animal Care Internships

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

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.



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.


What will your summer plans look like? Will you learn hands-on how to take care of big cats? Will you discuss in detail what issues they face both in captivity and in the wild? How about animal enrichment? All of this and more is possible with a summer animal care internship at Carolina Tiger Rescue. The application period is now open! The 2020 summer internship will run from May 18 to Aug. 7 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Interns will be selected in January and must be responsible for their own housing and transportation for the entire twelve-week session. Upon completion of this unmatched educational opportunity at Carolina Tiger, interns will not only have gained experience caring for animals, they will also be in a position to discuss issues ranging from animals in entertainment and basic vet care to the pitfalls of private ownership.  At this time, Carolina Tiger is, unfortunately, unable to offer a stipend. 




Senior keeper Lauren gives intern Josh a quick lesson while Kaela Tiger is sedated for a surgery.

Our interns help with daily enrichment, from paper mache boxes to T-Rex costumes!

Interns help build parts of enclosures. Each intern will have an individual summer project.

Interns will be caring for residents of Carolina Tiger for twelve weeks. That means learning to feed, clean enclosures, administer medicine and everything else that comes along during a daily — and sometimes unpredictable — routine. Our interns have been called to help during vet procedures, can handle food prep and get weekly lessons from the keepers.  

Students and pre-professionals looking to gain experience in the animal care realm can greatly benefit from this internship. While a facet of it includes a classroom-like setting for lectures to learn about species history, vet care and the issues wild cats in captivity and in the wild face, interns are out working in the sanctuary for a majority of their time. No one day is the same.  

Interns are going to help build platforms, a project of their choice, and more. But what’s intangible are the relationships they’ll build with each other and with Carolina Tiger’s vast, supportive and dedicated community. Our interns have stayed on as volunteers after their session closed, and some have left with everlasting friendships and connections. 

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • Must have an interest in a career with animals 
  • Must be enrolled in college or a recent grad
  • Must be at least 18-years-old 
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding tasks that take place outside 

Ready to apply?

After your application has been submitted, you will receive an email requesting
a cover letter and two professional references. 

Come see what all the roar is about and apply. We hope to see you next summer!