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.



Kinkajous, though small in stature, pack a lot of power and aggression. Nicknames for kinkajous include “Honey Bear” and “Devil’s Teddy Bear.”

Kinkajous are native to Central and South America, spending most of their time in trees in the rain forests. Though they are carnivores, this raccoon’s relative primarily eats fruit. They are nocturnal animals, which means they active mostly at night. They use this time to forage for fruit and insects.

Kinkajous are nocturnal animals and spend the majority of their time up in trees. Kinkajous have a prehensile tail, so they can hold on to objects with it. This small animal is able to use its tail as an extra limb. They often will hang upside down from a tree branch to eat the fruit hanging down.

Kinkajous get their nickname “Devil’s Teddy Bear” from their aggressive nature and unpredictability.  

Kinkajous have a prehensile tail that allows them to climb with great ease through the trees.

Kinkajous in Captivity

  • Kinkajous are, unfortunately, popular in the pet trade due to their small size.
  • Kinkajous reach maturity around 2-years-old, when they become extremely aggressive.
  • Kinkajous require specific, specialized care, and often owners cannot properly care for them.
  • In some cases, owners will declaw their pet kinkajou in attempts to make the animal less aggressive, but declawing causes long-term damage to a kinkajou’s hands.

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  • Kinkjous are excellent pollinators! They drink nectar out of flowers and redistribute and spread pollen as they go from flower to flower. 
  • Kinkajous have extremely long tonuges, it can reach up to 5 inches in length to help them grab the nectar from flowers.
  • Wild kinkajous can live about 20 years. 


Though not currently endangered, the population of wild kinkajous in the wild is decreasing due to habitat loss, the pet trade, and the fur trade. You can help protect kinkajous by only purchasing items that are sustainably-farmed in Central and South America. Kinkajous are extremely wild and dangerous predators and should never be pets. Please help educate others on what you have learned to help protect them!

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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In Memoriam
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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.

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!