Sam Ocelot



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.


What Cub Petting Really Is

It’s hard to resist a cute and cuddly tiger cub, the reality behind cub petting though, is a dark one. Those facilities that are involved in cub petting are only concerned about one thing, and that is how much money they can make. 

Fast Facts About Cub Petting

  • Cubs are taken from their mothers just hours or days after they are born.
  • These cubs can only used from the ages of 8 weeks-12 weeks before the law says they are too big
  • Once they are too big to be used for cub petting most are killed; some are sold into the pet trade or to roadside zoos
  • Many of these cubs are underfed or not given a proper diet to keep them small so they can be passed off as younger cubs and used longer
  • Cubs are passed around to as many paying tourists during the day as possible with no regard to the health or needs of the cub

Tigers in the wild

  • Tiger cubs in the wild will stay with their mothers until they are around 2 years of age.
  • Female tigers in the wild will typically only give birth to a litter of cubs every 2-3 years.
  • Tiger cubs are weened from their mother’s milk at around 6 months of age.
  • Tiger cubs learn how to be tigers from their mother which helps ensure their survival.

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  • The tigers that are bred for cub petting are “generic” tigers. They do not aid in conservation because they are not a particular sub species of tiger.
  • Some facilities will declaw and de-fang their cubs to make them “safer”. This is painful and can cause many long term issues such as infections and arthritis.
  • Due to a lack of proper nutrition the cubs can develop metabolic bone disease in which their bones do not form properly, leading to painful, debilitating issues as the grow and age.
  • At times cubs are sedated to make them “safer” to handle.


 It is important to understand the truth and consequences behind cub petting. Here are ways you can help.

  • Avoid places that allow cub petting or photo opportunities with cubs-facilities who offer this, do it for the money, if they stop making money, the practice will also end.
  • Educate others on the truth behind cub petting-many times people simply do not know the facts about cub petting.
  • Visit accredited facilities that are committed to conservation or rescuing wild animals and that do not exploit 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.

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

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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
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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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Tiger 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!