Molly is a petite bobcat who is starting to show her big personality. She was surrendered from a private owner who felt the best place for her was at Carolina Tiger Rescue, where she would be treated as the wild cat she is. While it is taking some time for Molly to settle in, she loves to supervise her surroundings and investigate anything new.

Born May 1, 2021

Rescued March 4, 2022

How Molly Came to the Sanctuary

Molly was about a year old when she was brought to us by a family who owned her and voluntarily surrendered her into our care. She was captive-born at an exotic breeding facility and was gifted to her owners at just a few months of age. While her owners love her dearly and have provided for her better than most, they knew that being a "pet" was not the life she deserved.


While it took some adjusting to her new life, Molly has become quite the inquisitive bobcat. She is always curious as to what the humans are doing when they are near her enclosure. She can be found supervising from her favorite platform high above, but if it is really interesting, she will venture down for a better look.


Due to her young age, Molly's spots are still very visible. She has a  petite face with a bit of fluff and a bright red/pink nose. She sill continue to grow for about another year and her spots may fade a bit, but will not disappear completely.

Where in Sanctuary

Molly Bobcat lives in Elm Grove behind one of the kinkajou winter houses and across from Haiku Serval.

Wild Animals as Pets

Molly is a great example of how these animals, even if born in captivity, maintain their wild nature. Wild animals are not pets nor can the wild be loved out of them. We are thankful her owner decided what was best for Molly was to be treated as the wild animal she is and to surrender her to Carolina Tiger Rescue. 

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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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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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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.