Haiku was surrendered by a private owner in the spring of 2022. It was legal in the state he was living in however, his owners realized it was no longer safe or appropriate for them to keep him as a ‘pet’. Haiku continues to settle into the sanctuary, learning his new surroundings, but all along the way, he has been acting like the wild cat he is, which we love to see.

Born June 6, 2018

Rescued May 1, 2022

How Haiku Came to the Sanctuary

Haiku was surrendered by private owners when he became too much to handle. They had purchased them as a gift to a family member, but when she continued on in school they decided the best decision would be to surrender him to Carolina Tiger Rescue.


Haiku was very nervous of his new surroundings at the sanctuary when he first arrived. After spending time in quarantine he started to settle in, but then had the transition to his outdoor enclosure which takes time as well. He is starting to come up regularly for feeding and treats and is enjoying his time outside.


Servals are notorious for their long lets and necks, but Haiku's take the cake. He has an extra long body to go with his extra long legs and massive ears.

Where in Sanctuary

Haiku lives off tour in Elm Grove. He lives next door to Santana Serval and across from Ranger Bobcat.

Wild Animals as Pets

Haiku is a prime example of even people with the best of intentions should not own wild animals as pets. Not only do they become too much to handle but they become aggressive as well. They are wild animals and always should be treated as such. As we say at Carolina Tiger Rescue they are 'Predators, Not Pets.'

Leptailurus serval


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.