It’s #WorldRainforestDay! Several of the animals we care for at Carolina Tiger Rescue are species native to rainforests around the world, so it’s important to do what we can to protect their native habitats. Rainforests play a vital role in the survival of the planet. They are responsible for the production of 20% of the oxygen we breathe and the freshwater we drink, and play a number of other important roles including stabilizing climate patterns, absorbing carbon dioxide, and housing approximately half of the world’s plant and animal species.

Unfortunately, our rainforests are being cut down in favor of agricultural and other development projects, endangering biodiversity and the health of the planet. Deforestation also contributes to 15% of global carbon emissions. This can be changed, however. By protecting the rainforests we have left and working to restore what has been lost, we can reverse global emissions by a third.

Carolina Tiger Rescue is home to tigers, cougars, kinkajous, an ocelot, and coatimundis, and also works to protect jaguars and other rainforest-dwelling cat species. Tigers are an apex predator, keeping prey species in check so populations don’t get out of control. The presence of tigers in rainforests are a sign of healthy ecosystems, but the deforestation of rainforests in Southeast Asia have contributed significantly to the decline in wild tiger populations. Cougars (or pumas) are highly adaptable and can be found in rainforests where they play a similar role as tigers and jaguars, serving as apex predators that keep ecosystems in balance. Kinkajous are small mammals that mostly live in the treetops, snacking on fruit and nectar and foraging for insects and other sources of food at night. They are very important pollinators, spreading flower nectar from plant to plant as they forage. Ocelots play an important role in their native ecosystems, serving as predators for smaller species, and prey for larger ones. While populations have risen thanks to conservation efforts, groups in certain areas are being threatened by habitat loss. Coatimundis help control insect, reptile, and amphibian populations in the wild, and serve as an important food source for larger predators.

We want to do what we can to protect what’s left of our rainforests and help save remaining wild populations of tigers, kinkajous, ocelots, coatis, jaguars, and more! Here’s how you can help:

1. Donate to rainforest protectors – visit for a list of organizations.

2. Eat a meatless meal – beef production is the largest cause of deforestation in the Amazon.

3. Don’t purchase products containing palm oil – palm oil production is the largest cause of deforestation in tropical Southeast Asia.

4. Travel smart to reduce your carbon footprint (e.g. purchase carbon offsets if you fly somewhere).

5. Support leaders and legislation that work to protect rainforests and promote sustainable development.

Please visit to learn more about how you can help protect rainforests, and visit our website at to learn more about some of the native rainforest species we care for at the sanctuary!

Statistics provided by @World Rainforest Day

?: Mona Tiger, Macano Coatimundi, Magoo Ocelot, Albert Kinkajou

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.

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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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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.