Petee 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

Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.

Petee is one of our more social ocelots.  He loves to come up and greet tour guests and visitors, hoping they will have a treat or two for him.  Petee is a tough ocelot who once took on a copperhead and won!  At times, he can become possessive of his water dish, reminding volunteers that it is his and no one else can have it.  Petee is often just hanging out when tour groups come by; he has become a tour favorite because he enjoys checking out his visitors as they tell him how handsome he is.

Born April 13, 1999

How Petee Came to the Sanctuary

Petee 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.


Petee is a very social ocelot who enjoys checking out any guests or tours that happen by. As with most ocelots, Petee loves different scents. His absolute favorite is Calvin Klein’s Obsession! If given something with a scent on it, ocelots will rub their cheeks, necks, and bodies on the scent to cover themselves in it and to mark it as their own.


The white marks on the tops and bottoms of Petee’s ears are a very stark white that stand out more than usual, giving him a distinctive look. Many people think ocelots look like little leopards and often confuse them with leopards.

Where in Sanctuary

Petee lives across from Elvis Serval on Cherry Lane along the tour path.


In the late 1990s, Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust, decided to 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 is only 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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