Samar is a playful, social tiger, who loves attention. He loves to explore new enrichment and visit with anyone who walks by. He was difficult to keep out of the limelight when the case he was apart of was still on going. He wanted all the attention, all the time. Samar loves to watch the happenings of the sanctuary from a low, crouched position, so he can surprise unsuspecting visitors.

Born December 1, 2014

Rescued May 19, 2021

How Samar Came to the Sanctuary

Samar is one of four big cats Carolina Tiger rescued from “Tiger King Park” in Thackerville, Oklahoma early summer of 2021. In total, 68 cats were rescued from this facility after it was shut down due to numerous Endangered Species Act violations. Due to the nature of the court case, we were unable to speak about them until now!

Samar is a fierce boy! He loves to stalk everyone walking by his enclosure and pounce on his boomer balls. He's a chuffly guy, is always talkative and curious, and is highly food motivated! He also loves to play with enrichment, and clearly enjoys his pool and rolling around in the grass. He is always excited for visitors and we think he will make a great addition to the tour path when the time comes.
Samar is a tall tiger with a brilliant orange coat and dark black stripes. He has gigantic feet and a personality to go with them!
Where in Sanctuary

Samar is currently living in Pine Forest, next to Mick, Dylan, and Bowie Serval and across from Saber and Shira Tiger.

Wild Born Animals

Samar and 67 other big cats were rescued from a notorious and famous roadside zoo in Oklahoma. "The animals frequently live in small, dirty cages. They are fed inadequate food, and are denied medical care. They have little in the way of mental stimulation — often, not even the company of other animals, since many roadside zoos keep animals confined alone in their cages. Sometimes roadside zoos also encourage dangerous interactions between animals and visitors, such as bottle feeding tiger cubs."-Animal Legal Defense Fund
The roadside zoo that Naveen came from had been shut down due to many violations, including violating the endangered species act. The animals were confiscated and rehomed to accredited sanctuaries around the country.

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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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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.