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.


Something unique happens when you visit Carolina Tiger Rescue. Guests stand just feet away from several beautiful tigers. This experience isn’t only meant for the public to see animals — its purpose is to learn why we do what we do for them.

We want you to put the face to the story. We want you to leave Carolina Tiger Rescue knowing what you can do to help tigers like Emerson, who started his life as a pet, or Rajah, who was found wandering on the side of rural road as a cub.

There is currently no legislation in the state of North Carolina that bans people from owning tigers, an endangered species in the wild. Estimates indicate there are about 3,800 wild tigers left. That number more than doubles for them in captivity. Most captive tigers don’t get to enjoy their lives at federally-accredited sanctuaries like Carolina Tiger Rescue, though. Many are exploited. When they can no longer be used, some of these animals are sadly euthanized. 

Carolina Tiger Rescue is celebrating International Tiger Day to take part in the global recognition of the plights tigers face. 

The population of wild tigers has dropped severely over the last century due to principal threats, such as habitat loss and poaching

An integral part of our mission is education, because teaching others the truth about what is happening to the tigers in the wild and in captivity is one way to save and protect them.



In the last 100 years, the wild tiger population has decreased by 96 percent. This is one of the alarming statistics that inspired International Tiger Day in 2010, with the hope of saving these magnificent animals. We don’t want a world without tigers. Do you? 


Carry these tiger facts with you everywhere! 

Upon visiting Carolina Tiger Rescue, your experience will start in the education center. You’ll see animal pelts and skulls on display. You’ll see our colorful rescue wall, which maps out the 73 animals we’ve rescued over the past few decades.

We fold education into everything we do, which became our chief duty when we transitioned from a breeding facility for small cats and other exotic predators to a rescue for wild cats in need. That happened in the 1990s, when we realized we’d have a greater impact through education.

Though experiences at Carolina Tiger Rescue — from tours to volunteering and membership — are meant to be exciting and inclusive, they were designed to educate. But who says you can’t have fun while learning?!

Tour guests learn about species history and rescue efforts. We also use the platform to highlight why these animals don’t make good pets and why they were designed to be wild, regardless of how much we want to love them as property. Volunteers go through rigorous training that includes our steadfast and unyielding educational elements. They are asked to adopt our values, too! Members attend events at the sanctuary that give them hands-on learning experiences, such as building enrichment for the animals to ensure they have a better life in captivity.

During the festivities leading up to International Tiger Day, we hope highlighting these issues in a global spotlight will encourage you to do your part to save the tigers! 

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

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.

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.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.

Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
NGSD at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Porcupine at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Raccoon at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Red Wolf at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Red Wolves
Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Keeper Stripes

Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual Volunteering

Group volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.