Pharaoh 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.

Pharaoh Serval was rescued from private owners in the fall of 2022 with his enclosure mate Nelly Caracal. The two had to be rescued when their owners life circumstances changed and the two cats had to be rehomed. 

Born September 6, 2020

Rescued November 14, 2022

How Pharaoh Came to the Sanctuary

Pharaoh was rescued along with his enclosure mate, Nelly Caracal, from private owners in Tennessee. The owners had to find the wild cats a new home when their life situation changed.


Like with most rescues, it has taken some time for Pharaoh to get used to his new home. He enjoys spending time with his enclosure mate Nelly and on cold nights they have been found sharing the same heated den box. He, of course, has the sass that servals are known for.


Pharaoh has the typical yellow coat with black spots and he sports his large ears very well. 

Where in Sanctuary

Pharaoh lives on Mimosa Point with Nelly Caracal, across the safety cage from Blondie Serval. He lives off tour at this time, so he can adjust to his new surroundings.

Private Ownership

While there is no doubt that Nelly and Pharaoh's owners loved them, they are a prime example of how even those with the best of intentions should not own wild animals. When life circumstances changed, their owners could no longer keep them, because it was not legal where they were moving to. We are thankful to their owners for contacting Carolina Tiger Rescue so these cats could live out the rest of their lives as the wild cats they are. We also continue to educate and work toward a day when these predators are no longer viewed as pets.

Leptailurus serval