Talon is a gorgeous bobcat with a mostly brown coat.  He is inquisitive and personable and enjoys attention from staff members.  As with many of our residents, he is extremely food-motivated.

Born December 11, 2007
Rescued December 11, 2016

How Talon Came to the Sanctuary

Talon came to Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our largest rescue to date. He was rescued from a facility in Colorado that housed 110 animals on about four acres of land. Talon, along with 15 other animals, was brought to Carolina Tiger Rescue in the fall of 2016. Prior to being at the facility in Colorado, Talon was living in a family home as a "pet". When his owner died, the wife moved and could not take Talon with her, so she sent him to live at the facility in Colorado.


Talon is an inquisitive bobcat who is always interested in the staff members who come to visit him. He is always eager for food and enrichment and loves attention from staff members. He is food-motivated and is quick to figure out his puzzle feeders.


Talon is a beautiful bobcat with a much browner color than Ranger. He is a slim but tall bobcat whose spots are extremely visible. Talon is a little different from other bobcats in that instead of having a pink or pinkish nose, he has an all-black nose.

Where in Sanctuary

Talon lives on tour in the Pear Orchard part of the sanctuary. He lives next to Pixie Serval.

Pet Trade

Talon began his life as the pet of private owners. He was allowed to stay a pet until the owner moved to an area that did not allow exotics as pets. Carolina Tiger Rescue is a firm believer that wild cats should not be pets. They often suffer unintentionally from being forced to live in a house. Rarely are wild cats given the space they need or the proper diet and there are few vets willing to treat them. At some point before coming to Carolina Tiger Rescue, Talon was declawed on his front paws. This is often done 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. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support, either directly or indirectly, those who are breeding wild cats for private ownership or those who believe wild cats belong in private homes.

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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.