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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.

 

Elvis Serval

  • Elvis’s former owners abandoned him in our driveway in a dog crate. Our staff found the strange delivery, and he was in bad shape. Elvis was muscle-wasted and had scuffs all over his face. He also had scarring on his neck where a collar may have gotten too tight. Elvis at first paced in small circles, indicating he’d been confined for a long time. 

Emerson Tiger

  • Emerson, who was a former pet, was rescued from a facility in Missouri that shut down after a volunteer was attacked by another tiger. When the facility closed, it left 22 tigers needing homes. The site was also accused of breeding and selling for profit.

Toby Bobcat

  • Toby started his life on a fur farm. A couple came in to pick a bobcat for their coat and fell in love with Toby. They took him home and had him until neighbors began complaining. 

Wednesday Kinkajou

  • Wednesday started her life as pet and was surrendered when she kept biting her owners. Her story is an impactful reflection of North Carolina’s lack of laws prohibiting exotic species ownership. These animals are easily-obtainable to people seeking them as pets, only to later realize it was a bad idea. Sometimes, that realization comes at a cost to the animal or human.

Zoey Serval

  • Zoey was found in a dog crate when authorities served her former owners arrest warrants. She was taken to a local vet clinic, where the staff fed her spinach and canned corn. Zoey, like all wild cats, is an obligate carnivore, which means she’s required to eat meat. She was happy to see a raw chicken drumstick when we rescued her!

Talon Bobcat

  • Talon started his life in the hands of a private owner. He was a pet until his owner moved to an area that did not allow exotic species. 

Daxon Serval

  • Daxon lived as a pet the first three years of his life. Then, his former owners realized he truly would not have the best life in their care. Daxon was living in an apartment when we rescued him. 

Fenimore Tiger

  • Fenimore, who started his life as a pet, was rescued from a facility in Missouri that shut down when a volunteer was attacked by another tiger.  When the facility closed, it left 22 tigers in search of a home. The site was also accused of breeding and selling for profit.

Hobie Serval

  •  Hobie’s former owners kept him in a small dog crate. They found that once Hobie started to mature, he became very aggressive toward one of them. Hobie also had a bad habit of ingesting household objects, such as socks, that had to be surgically removed. His family decided they could no longer care for him. 

Savannah Serval

  • Before joining the Carolina Tiger family,  Savannah was declawed on all four paws. This modification is common when wild cats are kept as pets, because people believe it makes them safer. Declawing is detrimental to the cat’s health, often causing arthritis.

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

Rescue

Education

  • 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.

Our Rescues
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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BOBCATS

Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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CARACALS

Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COATIMUNDIS

Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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COUGARS

Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Learn about
KINKAJOUS

In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LEOPARDS

Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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LIONS

Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Learn about
OCELOTS

Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Learn about
SERVALS

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Learn about
TIGERS

Animals
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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.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

Donate to 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!