Kitwana is a very social caracal who enjoys coming up to see who is visiting him.  He is quite the talker as well.  He is darker than Carolina Tiger Rescue’s other caracal, Zari.

Born April 29, 2008
Rescued October 4, 2016

How Kitwana Came to the Sanctuary

Kitwana came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with his enclosure-mate, Zari, and fourteen other animals from a facility in Colorado. This facility was closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.


Kitwana is a very social caracal who loves to come up and greet guests.  He can also be quite the talker.  Kitwana loves to chirp and purr for guests.  He loves enrichment and enjoys spending time on his platforms.


Kitwana is a show stopper.  He has a gorgeous tawny coat and ear tufts that are a bit longer than Zari’s but still stand up straight.

Where in Sanctuary

Kitwana and his enclosure-mate, Zari, live on the tour path on Cherry Lane across from Stevie, Queen, and Cher Serval.

Habitat Loss

Caracals, like Zari, are very adaptable cats, however the biggest problem they are facing in the wild is habitat destruction.  Habitat loss is the number one reason the caracal population is declining.  Habitat loss is directly due to the growth of the human population, urban sprawling and the need for more agricultural farms that require vast amounts of land. It is not only the caracal that is affected by habitat loss but also its prey.  Many migratory species are unable to complete their migration due to urban developments.  This has a direct impact on the land and on the predators who hunt the migrants.  It is vital that lands be protected so animals such as the caracal can continue to thrive.

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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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Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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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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Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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Keeper Stripes

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.