Trapper 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.

Trapper is our resident growler at Carolina Tiger Rescue on tour.  He loves to come up and see if the tour guide has a treat for him, growling all along the way.  Trapper spends a lot of his time in his den box but is always ready for enrichment, whether it is tearing up boxes, or playing with pumpkins.  Trapper’s favorite enrichment however is painting and will paint all day, especially if the canvas has been sprayed with a smelly perfume.

Born September 13, 2000

How Trapper Came to the Sanctuary

Trapper was born as part of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s former breeding program.  Carolina Tiger Rescue, formally 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.  Our animals who were born here will remain here as their permanent home.


Trapper is our ocelot on tour who loves to show off his growl and make an entrance.  Trapper, as most tours come to his enclosure, will often be in the back of his enclosure, and after the tour waits for a few seconds he typically comes running up to see if someone has a treat for him.  He also is usually growling.   Ocelots generally only make one sound which is the low growl.  This makes it difficult to determine if they are happy, angry, scared, or just hungry. 


Trapper is a very talkative ocelot.  He also comes up to check out guests to see if they have treats for him, and to ensure no one gets too close to his enclosure.

Where in Sanctuary

Trapper is located on Elm Grove across the tour path across from Star Cougar.


In the late 1990's Carolina Tiger Rescue, formally Carnivore Preservation Trust, decided that we were no longer going to breed 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 helped limit needless breeding and helps prevent 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.

Leopradus pardalis