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.


Notice the decline of tiger selfies on dating app Tinder? Yep, that was a thing.

What about the advisory screen when you search for certain wildlife-related hashtags on Instagram? Or the fact that you can’t purchase tickets for experiences that exploit wild animals on TripAdvisor?

Global brands are doing their part to protect animals and educate others about the changes they can make to impact wildlife, too. Last month, USC-Aiken banned animal circuses, joining more than 600 venues and communities across the nation that have stood up for animals in entertainment. This is what advocacy is about, and we recognize the actions of these companies and communities as a step in a positive direction. 

Tinder users were posting selfies with tigers to attract more dates. In July 2017, Tinder wrote a blog urging its users to remove tiger selfies and created the hashtag #NoTigerSelfies.
“More often than not, these photos take advantage of beautiful creatures that have been torn from their natural environment,” read part of Tinder’s issued statement. “Wild animals deserve to live in the wild.”


Carolina Tiger Rescue is celebrating International Tiger Day! Join our efforts to #savethetigers! 

Carolina Tiger Rescue’s core values couldn’t agree more with Tinder’s statement on tiger selfies, as we believe these wild cats should live in their native habitats.

Tinder, which pledged $10,000 to Project Cat to honor last year’s International Tiger Day, mentioned that the tigers could unfortunately be drugged for photo opportunities.

This is Carolina Tiger Rescue resident Caprichio Tiger, who was exploited in the cub-petting industry when he was young.

In December of last year, Instagram began notifying users who searched for wildlife-related hashtags of the possible abuse that made the photo possible. Users who click through are then sent to a help page, which accurately describes interactions with wild animals as wildlife exploitation.  

People may not realize how harmful their actions are when they decide to take a photo with a tiger cub. It’s a dark and unkind system for the animal, which can only be used for up to 12 weeks for profit. What happens then? We are home to several resident tigers who were exploited for cub-petting and photo ops, and these animals are living with the scars of exploitation. They were fortunate to make it to a federally-defined sanctuary but many others are not so lucky.

As we continue celebrating International Tiger Day, we encourage you to make simple changes and sound decisions that will make life better for tigers around the world!

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

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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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.

Our Rescues
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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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 Information

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!