Nelly is one of two caracals that currently reside at Carolina Tiger Rescue. She was rescued in the fall of 2022 from private owners along with her enclosure mate Pharaoh Serval. 

Born March 12, 2021

Rescued November 14, 2022

How Nelly Came to the Sanctuary

Nelly was rescued along with her enclosure mate, Pharaoh Serval, from private owners in Tennessee. The owners had to find the wild cats a new home when their life situation changed.


Like with most rescues, it has taken some time for Nelly to get used to her new home. She enjoys spending time with her enclosure mate Pharaoh and on cold nights they have been found sharing the same heated den box. She, of course, has the feisty caracal attitude they are known for.


Nelly's coat is lighter than Kitwana's, our other caracal living at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Nelly has long tufts of hair at the tips of her ears and her tufts have a nice arch to them.

Where in Sanctuary

Nelly lives on Mimosa Point with Pharaoh Serval, across the safety cage from Blondie Serval. She lives off tour at this time, so she can adjust to her new surroundings.

Private Ownership

While there is no doubt that Nelly and Pharaoh's owners loved them, they are a prime example of how even those with the best of intentions should not own wild animals. When life circumstances changed, their owners could no longer keep them, because it was not legal where they were moving to. We are thankful to their owners for contacting Carolina Tiger Rescue so these cats could live out the rest of their lives as the wild cats they are. We also continue to educate and work toward a day when these predators are no longer viewed as pets.

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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.