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.


An animal’s diet can greatly impact their quality of life. We pride ourselves in providing our animals with a diet that mirrors what they’d be eating in the wild. Each species is different, and there are several things, like activity level and age, that must be taken into consideration when creating a nutrition plan and feeding schedule.

Wild Cats

All our cats are fed a whole carcass diet. That means that they are fed bone-in meals. While they are occasionally fed boneless items that have been donated or cut from larger pieces, most of their diet is bone-in. The food we purchase for them is chicken quarters (leg and thigh) and their diets are based on whole chickens. Our largest tiger, Caprichio, eats about 110 pounds of food per week.

Meds Meat

Some of our animals require medications for various reasons on a daily basis. A handful of our older animals receive medications for stiff joints, while others require fish oil to help better their coat conditions. Much like your animals at home, some of our animals are reluctant to take their medications, so our keepers have to get creative and accommodate their ever changing preferences.

Fruit Eaters

We are are currently home to four kinkajous and a coatimundi whose primary diet consists of fruit and vegetables. Food prep for these animals requires more work and more variety. Their food does not have a long shelf life, so our team is regularly purchasing fresh fruit and vegetables to meet their nutritional needs.

Nakobi Cougar

Nakobi is one of a few our animals that have digestive sensitivities. He requires a specialized diet, unique to his needs. Nakobi’s digestive system is unable to break down larger pieces of food, including bone and pelt, so he is fed a diet of ground meat. We have a meat grinder, to ensure he is not restricted to the meats that are commonly found at the grocery store. 

How You Can Help

It costs us more than $80,000 each year to feed our amazing animals. You can help offset these costs by donating to the Food Fund! Your donation helps us provide the highest quality of care to our deserving animals.

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.

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!