Jericho is a favorite among many Carolina Tiger Rescue volunteers and tour guests alike. His dark fur, handsome face, and loud purr endear him to all. Jericho loves visitors and frequently comes up to the fence to say hello, especially if there is a treat in it for him. Jericho enjoys different types of food, including fresh octopus and sardines, and he enjoys rolling around in new smells like catnip and cinnamon.

Born May 25, 1998

Rescued May 25, 2012

How Jericho Came to the Sanctuary

Jericho came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with Nakobi Cougar, Roscoe and Camilla Tigers, and Roman and  Reina Lions from Rescue One in Ohio. Rescue One decided to close its doors because they could not keep up with the changing laws regarding wild animal ownership in Ohio. They were also in financial trouble and could no longer afford to keep the animals. It is not known where Jericho was before going to Rescue One.


Jericho is very stoic and much less talkative than the other two cougars. He will sometimes surprise us and give a good loud purr to visitors. Jericho can often be found lounging in his den box, surveying his surroundings and waiting for someone to bring him his meal or a treat.


Jericho is the oldest of the cougars and much more reserved than the other two. He prefers to sit in the back of his enclosure and watch the world around him. He does, however, get very excited when a food truck passes by him. Jericho, like cougars in the wild, is very agile and has little problem jumping on top of his platforms to retrieve food.

Where in Sanctuary

Jericho is located in Pear Orchard, next to Simon Serval.

Declawing Wild Cats

Jericho Cougar was declawed before arriving at a sanctuary. When a cat is declawed, the tips of their toes are removed.  The toes are the part of the foot that the cat actually walks on, so removing the tip of their toes causes them to walk on their heels and ankles. In cats as large as Jericho, this displaced weight wears heavily on joints that are forced to carry the cat's weight in a very different manner. Jericho now suffers from arthritis, likely due to his declawing and his advanced age. In the United States it is now illegal to declaw wild cats and a veterinarian can lose their license if they are found declawing wild cats.

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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.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.

Our Rescues
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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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In Memoriam
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Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

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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.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Big Cat Dinner Club Information

Big Cat Dinner Club

Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!