Ranger Bobcat is a quiet bobcat who enjoys his time away from the tour path. He loves to lounge up on his catwalks, high above the ground and watch the bustling sanctuary. Ranger is inquisitive but takes some time to warm up to new things. He loves getting treats off a stick but appreciates his enrichment when no one else is around.

Born March 27, 2009

Rescued March 27, 2019

How Ranger Came to the Sanctuary

Ranger came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in March of 2019. A family found him as a kitten in California where they were living at the time 10 years ago. When the family moved to Virginia 2 years later they took him with them. Like in most states, it was illegal for them to have him in Virginia. When approached by authorities they agreed to send him to Carolina Tiger Rescue. 


Ranger is a quiet and reserved bobcat. He was extremely nervous in quarantine but is enjoying life in his new outdoor enclosure away from the tour path. Ranger loves hanging up on his catwalks that allow him to oversee his surroundings. He does come down for treats and food, but prefers small groups which is why he lives away from the tour path.


Ranger's coat is a light gray with hints of brown in it. He has a narrow face with tiny tufts of hair on the tips of his point ears. Ranger has a pink nose and he has very little ruff around his face.

Where in Sanctuary

Ranger lives off tour in Elm Grove. He lives next door to Willow Bobcat.

Wild Animals as Pets

It is unknown whether Ranger was picked up by the family because he had been orphaned or abandoned by his mother, or if his mom was out hunting, but the best thing to do if someone comes across a wild animal is to simply leave it alone. If someone is worried about a baby animal who may have been abandoned they should call their local wildlife agency to alert them. Removing an animal from the wild is not only harmful to that animal but also to the ecosystem. Wild animals should never be pets. 

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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 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

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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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.