UPDATE: Tour tickets are on sale NOW. Click HERE to purchase. 

May 22, 2020


Louise Orr | (919) 219-2301 | louiseorr@carolinatigerrescue.org

Catch up with the cats – Carolina Tiger Rescue is reopening!

After more than two months of being closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautions, Carolina Tiger Rescue is reopening for tours.

Pittsboro, N.C. – Carolina Tiger Rescue will reopen its gates to the public beginning on June 5, ending what has become a long two-and-a-half months of partial shutdown due to COVID-19. Following Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase II guidelines, members of the public will be able to purchase tour tickets beginning next week.

In order to comply with new guidelines, the rescue is limiting tours to 12 guests and a guide who will remain six feet apart at all times. Both guides and guests will be required to wear cloth masks while on site. Safety precautions are being taken in the Savannah Station Gift Shop as well, with limits to the number of people inside at a time and a new droplet guard installation for the checkout counter. Disinfectant procedures will be in place in between tours and throughout the day to add additional protections for visitors.

Tickets for the 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and Twilight tours will be available for purchase beginning next week, with tours resuming on June 5. Friday morning tours at 10 a.m. will be specifically reserved for vulnerable members of the public. Additionally, interested parties may bid on specialty tours at our online ‘paw-ction’ (ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 23) to become one of the first few to be welcomed back to the sanctuary.

“We are really looking forward to having everyone back,” said Pam Fulk, Director of Carolina Tiger Rescue. “It’s been a long two-and-a-half months, but the support we’ve received has been overwhelming. We’re excited to be able to resume operations and continue showing visitors how important it is to care for and protect these animals.”

Since mid-March, the sanctuary has limited on-site staff to help with animal care, while volunteers and non-essential staff have worked from home. Despite the challenge of a limited staff, Carolina Tiger Rescue has worked hard to provide weekly live streams to keep the public connected to the cats, as well as entertained and educated from the comfort of home.

For more information about Carolina Tiger Rescue’s reopening or to purchase tickets, please visit our website, www.CarolinaTigerRescue.org, or contact Louise Orr at (919) 219-2301 or louiseorr@carolinatigerrescue.org.

About: Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 federally-accredited nonprofit wildlife sanctuary dedicated to saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. We work toward a day when wild cats are living in their native habitats and not exploited by humans.

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.

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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

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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.