Mama Serval

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.

Mama was originally privately owned in a state where it is illegal to own wild cats such as servals. She has a lot of attitude and is not afraid to show it! She has enjoyed being outside, for likely, the first time in her life as she settles in to her new home here at the sanctuary.

Born September 27, 2016

Rescued March 4, 2020

How Mama Came to the Sanctuary

Mama came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in March of 2020 after she was surrendered by a private owner. She was living in a state where it was illegal to own her and she was becoming too aggressive to live in a home safely. Her owners had searched for several months to find a shelter who would take her in and not euthanize her. Finally, they discovered the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance and we were contacted to provide Mama with her new forever home.


Mama has a big personality that can be heard from far away. If she notices you are coming, she will start to hiss and sometimes spit, reminding you she is a wild cat. Mama seems to enjoy spending her days outside; it is likely the first time she has ever been outside in her life. She likes to hang out on her tallest platform and watch the happenings of the sanctuary. She has become a bit picky when it comes to food and she is keeping the keepers guessing as to what she will eat from day to day.


Mama is our largest serval at this time. We are hoping, with a new balanced and proper diet she will start to slim down a bit. Otherwise she looks like a typical serval with her yellow fur with dark black spots and her large ears.

Where in Sanctuary

Mama currently lives in an enclosure away from the tour path in Elm Grove. She lives near Ranger Bobcat.

Backyard Breeders

Mama came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in March 2020 from a private owner. Carolina Tiger Rescue is a firm believer that wild cats should not be pets. They often suffer unintentionally from being forced to live in a house. Rarely are wild cats given the space they need or the proper diet and there are few vets willing to treat them. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support, either directly or indirectly, those who breed wild cats for private ownership or those who believe wild cats belong in private homes.

Leptailurus serval