Magoo Ocelot

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.

Magoo enjoys greeting guests and keepers with a growl or a meow and loves to investigate anything that is going on around his enclosure. Magoo, named for the bespectacled cartoon character, sports very prominent white rings around his eyes. Magoo, like most ocelots, loves different perfumes and musks – the stinkier, the better!

Born January 8, 2000

How Magoo Came to the Sanctuary

Magoo was born as part of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s former breeding program. Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust, was originally founded to breed keystone species in hopes of one day releasing them into a safe environment, but that day never came. The animals who were born here will remain at Carolina Tiger Rescue for the rest of their lives.


Magoo is very social with those he recognizes and with very small groups. He does, however, get very anxious around larger groups so he lives off the tour path.


Magoo was named for the white rings around his large eyes that look a lot like spectacles. Ocelot eyes are larger than most cats' because they are primarily nocturnal animals. Their eyes are almost as large as human eyes, despite their head being much smaller than a human's.

Where in Sanctuary

Magoo is located off the tour path in Elm Grove behind Lola and Albert Kinkajou's enclosures. Magoo gets overwhelmed with large groups of people, which is why he lives away from the tour path.


In the late 1990's, Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust, decided that it would stop breeding due to the number of accredited facilities that were abiding by the Species Survival Plan. The Species Survival Plan was set up to ensure that breeding in captivity was only being done to conserve a species. This helps limit needless breeding and prevents a surplus of animals living in captivity. Carolina Tiger Rescue only supports breeding in captivity if it is done in accordance with the Species Survival Plan.

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