Bandit was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our former breeding program.  Bandit is often the first cat on tour that guests see; he enjoys sneaking up beside his den box through the tall grass, often seeing the tour guests long before they see him. Bandit, like his wild cousins, is a great jumper, so the high platforms in his enclosure allow him to jump up and survey his surroundings and practice his caracal skills.  Bandit is known for his wild ear tufts that are so long, they flop over instead of standing straight up.

Born July 16, 2000

How Bandit Came to the Sanctuary

Bandit was born at Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of the former breeding program.  Carolina Tiger Rescue started in the late 1970’s as Carnivore Preservation Trust (CPT) with the goal of breeding keystone species, such as caracals, to one day release them back into their natural habitats when it was safe to do so.  When other AZA accredited facilities began breeding in accordance with the Species Survival Plan, CPT turned its focus to rescuing.  Those animals who were born here will live out their lives at Carolina Tiger Rescue. 


Bandit is the first animal that people see when they come on tour, when he wants to be seen, that is. Bandit is the more social of the three caracals we currently have and he will often come up and see who has come to visit him.  On sunny days, however, Bandit will often opt to lounge on a sunny platform rather than visit his guests.  


Bandit weighs about 37 pounds and has dark red and tawny colored fur.  The tufts of hair on his ears flop over, whereas the other three caracals have tufts that stick straight up.  He is a laid-back caracal who enjoys checking out tour groups.

Where in Sanctuary

Bandit is located on Mimosa Point, in an enclosure next to Toby Bobcat. He is off the tour route.

Species Survival Plan

In the late 1990's Carolina Tiger Rescue, formally Carnivore Preservation Trust, decided that we no longer needed to breed due to the number of accredited facilities that were abiding by the Species Survival Plan.  The Species Survival Plan was set up to ensure that breeding in captivity is only done to conserve a species.  This helps limit needless breeding and prevents a surplus of animals living in captivity.  Carolina Tiger Rescue only supports breeding in captivity if it is done in accordance with the Species Survival Plan.

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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.