April 18, 1997

Arrived on
September 24, 1998

Passed away
May 8, 2017

Julio’s Story

Julio was an incredible ocelot. Not only did he embody the true ocelot spirit (you know, grumbling if you came by to visit), he was also a stunning-looking cat. His dark features made him instantly recognizable by everyone. That ocelot spirit was apparent in how hard Julio made you work for his attention. For example, if you brought him a tasty treat, he might not accept it from your treat stick, but as soon as you turn to leave, that yummy treat was gone! His grumbles and striking features will be greatly missed in the sanctuary.

Julio’s Passing

May 10, 2017

Unfortunately, we have sad news to share today. Whether it was last month when we said goodbye to grumbly Trapper Ocelot or now, when we say goodbye to the beautiful Julio Ocelot, writing these memorials and saying goodbye never gets easier.

In 2015, we anesthetized Julio for a physical exam. Blood work from that exam showed that he also had lymphocytic leukemia. Given his great dislike for being handled, chemotherapy was not an option. We did, however, start him on prednisone to help alleviate the inflammation associated with the cancer and to help slow the progression of the disease.

Recently, we anesthetized Julio due to a broken canine and his blood work showed progression of the disease. As always, we waited, watched, and monitored him for quality of life. This weekend, Julio began showing signs associated with anemia. Given the known disease, the decision was made to euthanize.

Julio lived to be 20 years old. We hope that all of our animals make it to 20 and beyond.

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.