Anthony has a lot of energy and is extremely curious about the staff who come to visit him.  As with most leopards, Anthony is athletic and agile.  He is sometimes indifferent to enrichment but has found a love for anything with lemon extract on it.

Born December 11, 2000
Rescued December 11, 2016

How Anthony Came to the Sanctuary

Anthony came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in December of 2016 from a facility in Colorado.  The owner of this facility fell ill and opted to sell the property.  Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries from around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.


Anthony is an energetic leopard who loves to come up and greet visitors at the fence.  Though he is not always eager for enrichment at first, he typically does enjoy it after everyone has left.  He loves Christmas trees and shredding whatever he can get his paws on. Anthony is seemingly always on the move, but when he does bed down for the night, he will often make a little “nest” in his straw that is almost always a perfect, leopard-sized circle.


Anthony is on the smaller side for a male leopard and weighed 95 pounds when last weighed in June 2018.  He has beautiful yellow fur with those striking black rosettes.  As with his wild cousins, Anthony has large feet. In the wild, those feet would help him traverse the branches of trees. Anthony is extra special because of his tail. While we were conducting his physical, it was discovered that the fur and tissue of his tail extends beyond where the bone ends – by about 2 inches or so! This has created a floppy tip to his tail. It has no adverse effect on his health and is not any sort of indicator of health or prior care. It’s just a fun fact!

Where in Sanctuary

Anthony is on tour in an enclosure in Elm Grove. He lives across the path from Roman and Reina Lions and next to one of the off tour kinkajou houses.

Trophy Hunting

Trophy hunting has been and continues to be a large cause of the decline in population of certain wild cats, including lions and leopards.  Trophy hunting is defined as killing wild animals for their body parts for display and not primarily for food or sustenance. Trophy hunting is often portrayed as a means of population control, a way to keep a healthy population of animals by taking out the weak. This, however, is simply not true. In many cases, the animals that are hunted are endangered and some are near extinction, which means every single animal is vital to the survival of the species.  African Leopards are high on the list for trophy hunters. If the practice continues, it becomes a possibility that, in the coming years, these animals will no longer exist in the wild. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support, either directly or indirectly, those who trophy hunt or profit from trophy hunting.

Panthera pardus

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.