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.


April 30th, 2020
First we want to thank everyone for their generous support of Carolina Tiger Rescue.  We have been overwhelmed by the supplies that have arrived to help keep the staff and the animals safe, as well for the financial contributions that have continued to come in.  Those donations have helped us bridge the loss of income that has come with the loss of tours and gift shop revenue.  We know that this is an incredibly challenging time for everyone and that makes your support even more remarkable.

We know that many of you are excited to return to see the animals and we can’t wait to have you out for a visit!  We are currently working on our reopening plan and will post that as soon as possible.  Our reopening plans align with Gov. Cooper’s plan for the state and will happen in stages.  There will of course be changes to how we handle guest coming through the sanctuary.  We want to help ensure the safety of our guests, but also that of our volunteers, staff, and the animals.  Will outline those changes as we get closer to that time. 

Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Facebook page where you can find new videos and post regularly!  

See you soon! ~The Staff and Animals of Carolina Tiger Rescue

March 23, 2020
Even though Carolina Tiger Rescue is closed to the general public, we’re here to help you Open Your Eyes to the Wild by providing fun and educational materials for those looking to learn more about what we do, why we do it, and of course, the animals we have rescued.

Starting Monday, March 23, and continuing daily, we invite you to visit our Facebook page at 9:30am EST each morning (M-F) for live streaming. Each Facebook LIVE will also have fun activities related to that day’s topic that you can download from our website and complete.

  • Monday, March 23
    Pawcasso Painting demonstration: Paint a picture of your favorite animal, send us a photo to be entered to win a piece of the Pawcasso you see created! Five winners will be chosen.
  • Tuesday, March 24
    Tiger Tales Tuesday: Download the tiger mask template from our website, decorate it, and post a selfie as we read Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.
  • Wednesday, March 25
    Meet Saber White Tiger: Get your white tiger questions ready as we spend time with Saber Tiger.
  • Thursday, March 26
    Feeding the Cats demonstration: Color and label a picture of a cat skull and see if you can match different animals with what they eat.
  • Friday, March 27
    Meet Magoo Ocelot and Ranger Bobcat: Download fun activity sheets about ocelots and bobcats.

We also invite you to visit our kids’ website for additional fun activities – new materials are being created daily. 

And don’t forget about our Tiger Tribe Membership for kids. Tiger Tribe Memberships provide a full year of educational materials, fun activities, and sneak peeks into the sanctuary. Memberships can be purchased on our GiftShop website and mailed anywhere in the United States.

March 17, 2020
As we continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19, I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

We all know that the COVID-19 situation is fluid and will continue to impact our community in evolving ways. Yet, we take comfort in knowing that we have incredible people like you who are compassionate about our mission and the animals. With the latest recommendations by the CDC, we are closing all tours and making other operational changes. If you purchased tickets for a tour between now and the end of March, you will be refunded the entire cost of your tickets. The status of future tours will be updated as we receive new information. To mitigate any disappointment, we are going to be ramping up our online content to help everyone stay engaged. Be sure to like and follow our social media pages to receive any further updates. 

Additionally, we have taken steps to ensure the safety of our team and non-essential staff will be working from home for at least the remainder of the month. While we are working remotely, we recognize that the ability to work from home is a privilege and are incredibly grateful to those who must continue to go to work to make sure the rest of us and the animals are taken care of.

We are greatly appreciative of the dedication and hard work of our volunteers, but we want to ensure everyone plays their part in reducing the spread of the virus, therefore, we are eliminating all volunteer shifts until the end of the month. We are also eliminating all visits to the Sanctuary, including the general public, volunteers, members, and adoptive parents.  I know there is a lot of information out there; for the most current information on COVID-19, including government health guidelines, I encourage you to visit cdc.gov, internationalsos.com, and who.int.

On behalf of everyone at Carolina Tiger Rescue, we thank you for your ongoing consideration and well-wishes. In this unsettled and rapidly changing time, we take comfort in knowing that we can count on our supporters to help us do our best for the animals and we are truly grateful to you.

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

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.

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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.