Kitwana is a very social caracal who enjoys coming up to see who is visiting him. He will often wander up to the fence to see what is going on and to see if one of his keepers is stopping by to feed him. Like with most cats, he enjoys napping in the sun, but his favorite time is feeding time.

Born April 29, 2008
Rescued October 4, 2016

How Kitwana Came to the Sanctuary

Kitwana came to Carolina Tiger Rescue as part of our largest rescue to date. He was rescued from a roadside zoo in Colorado that housed 110 animals on about four acres of land. Kitwana, along with 15 other animals, was brought to Carolina Tiger Rescue in the fall of 2016. 


In the wild, caracals are referred to as 'little lions' due to their feisty personality, and that is no different for Kitwana. While he is not as vocal as his enclosure mate Zari was, he is quick to remind everyone he is a wild cat with his hisses. Like most cats, he is very food motivated and is always excited when the food truck rolls around.


Kitwana has dark, tawny fur that has more brownish hues to it than come caracals. He, of course, has the black tufted ears that caracals are known for.

Where in Sanctuary

Kitwana lives in Cherry Lane across the tour path from the 'Serval Boys', Bowie, Mick, and Dylan.

Roadside Zoos

Kitwana and 15 other animals came to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home after being rescued from a roadside zoo in Colorado. Roadside zoos are facilities who do what it takes to turn a profit. The animals they house often live in small enclosures and there is some gimmick used to get people to stop. The roadside zoo in Colorado offered cub petting to tourists as a way to get people in. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you look into a facility before visiting. Learning if their values match yours goes a long way in determining if a facility is one that should be visited. 

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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.