Animals We Can’t House

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.

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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 is home to 8 species of cats and 2 species that are relatives of raccoons. We have tigers, lions, a leopard, cougars, servals, caracals, bobcats, an ocelot, a coatimundi, and kinkajous. These animals are native to different parts of the world, from arid to rainforest environments. While we specialize in cats, there are a few cat species we will not rescue, and that is for their benefit. North Carolina has a mild climate with all four seasons, but some cat species need a specialized climate that we just cannot offer. 

Lapis Snow Leopard-2004
Pena Snow Leopard-2003

While we were once home to a couple of snow leopards, as an organization, we will no longer rescue snow leopards. Snow leopards need a cold environment throughout the year and we simply cannot provide that for them. If we were to rescue them, we would need to essentially build them a large refrigerator to keep them cool enough to be comfortable. We luckily know of a few other sanctuaries in more appropriate climates who can and are willing to take these cold weather cats. Along with snow leopards, lynx are another species that would not adapt well to our warm climate. 
The comfort and care for of our animals is our top priority. We want to be sure that they are living the best life possible so at times that means saying no to particular species.