Naveen is a total ham! He will always greet visitors with a chuffle or two and is a very social boy. He loves to swim in his pool and create watercolor pawcassos with his soaking wet fur. He also LOVES enrichment and gets the zoomies when he gets an enrichment box!

Born April 17, 2015

Rescued May 19, 2021

How Naveen Came to the Sanctuary

Naveen is one of four big cats Carolina Tiger rescued from “Tiger King Park” in Thackerville, Oklahoma in 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!


Naveen is a charismatic tiger who always has something to say. If he's not chuffiing he's moaning and groaning and keeps you engaged so you continue to give him attention. He loves to run and walk along the enclosure with volunteers and staff members, talking them to the whole way.


Naveen is a tall tiger like Samar, but his coat is much lighter. It is a pale orange rather than a brilliant or dark orange. Naveen also has a scuff mark on the tip of his nose, he loves to rub it against the fence, rubbing the fur off in the process.

Where in Sanctuary

Naveen currently lives on Oak Hill. He has Caprichio, India, and Carolina Tiger as neighbors on one side and Roman and Reina Lion as neighbors on the other.

Roadside Zoos

Naveen 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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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.