Baxter came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in June of 2018. He was a privately owned pet in Asheville, North Carolina. Baxter is Carolina Tiger Rescue’s smallest kinkajou weighing in at six pounds! Baxter is settling into his new home at the rescue without much fuss. He recently moved next door to Wednesday Kinkajou. He has enjoyed exploring his enclosure and is getting used to the sights and sounds of the other residents here.

Born January 15, 2011

Rescued June 1, 2018

How Baxter Came to the Sanctuary

Baxter came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in June of 2018. He was a privately owned pet surrendered by his owners when he became too much to handle. The couple lived in Asheville, North Carolina and had acquired Baxter when he was just 8 weeks old from a breeder. Once Baxter reached sexual maturity around 6 years old, he became extremely aggressive. His owners made the brave and best decision for him, to re-home him at Carolina Tiger Rescue.


Baxter is an energetic kinkajou who settles into new surroundings fairly seamlessly. He enjoys exploring his outdoor enclosure, running around on his platforms, and tearing up enrichment.


Baxter is Carolina Tiger Rescue's smallest kinkajou, weighing 6 pounds. He has medium-brown fur and low-set ears that stick out.

Where in Sanctuary

Baxter lives off tour next to Wednesday Kinkajou in Elm Grove. In the winter, they live inside one of the kinkajou houses. It is better for the kinkajous to be indoors in the cooler months because they are unable to regulate their body temperature in cold weather. In the warmer months, they live in outdoor enclosures attached to the kinkajou house.

Pet Trade

North Carolina is one of four states were it is still legal to own a non-native species. In other words, it is legal in the state of North Carolina to own a lion, tiger, kinkajou, and other exotic wild animals. Baxter is a direct result of this lack of legislation. Due to the ease at which animals such as Baxter can be acquired, people are obtaining them as pets and then realizing, sometimes at the expense of a human life or the animals life, that this isn't a good idea. Though they are cute and helpless when they are small, these animals grow to be self-sufficient and no matter how much you love them, you cannot love the wild out of them.

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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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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.