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.


We told you changes were coming, and you can already see some of them! 

Our education program recently received a couple of noticeable upgrades. A generous supporter donated a vehicle that we morphed into our new education vehicle. Gary Nunn of NC Signs wrapped the vehicle with four of our beautiful animals and our logo. 

Katie Cannon, Carolina Tiger Rescue’s education director, installed an upgrade in the education center, the first stop for tour guests and many other visitors. There is now a brilliant map on the wall that represents the dozens of animals we’ve rescued through the years. Various species shapes sit within their rescue state, and the removable silhouette is stamped in the middle with a number to indicate how many of that species are from a specific state. For example, we have rescued 11 tigers from Texas. In the state of Texas on the map, a tiger shape is present with the number 11 outlined. 

The addition is so fun to look at! The kiwi wall, painted in one of our signature colors, really captures attention and offers a significant visual to our story. 

“The wall provides a rich visual of the animals we have been able to provide a forever home to since 1998,” Cannon said. “Talking about it is impactful, but a visual adds an entirely new level.”

Those aren’t the only visible changes, either. The ed center is now equipped with a case for the animals skulls we have on display and television monitors.

The vehicle remains parked on site when it’s not out. 

“The new education vehicle is an exciting addition to because it will allow us to reach new audiences,” Cannon added. “We will stand out in a crowd, and it will likely garner meaningful dialogue in the community. The vehicle will allow us to travel to new places and continue to expand our education program.

“Overall, the changes will allow us to enhance our program and to provide education at every turn. It’s an exiting time!” 

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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.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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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In Memoriam
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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.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Big Cat Dinner Club

Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!