Jellybean Tiger

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.


September 30, 1997

December 15, 1997

Passed away
June 19, 2015

Jellybean’s Story

Jellybean came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in 1997, after being bred to produce white tigers for a zoo.  He was considered a “surplus” white tiger because he wasn’t “show quality.”  Jellybean was one of the most iconic tigers at Carolina Tiger.  His popularity became the perfect platform to discuss the pitfalls of breeding for specific color variations.  His social personality helped people care about him and, in turn, realize how different his life could have been.

Jellybean’s Passing

June 19th, 2015

For many weeks, the animal care staff had been keeping a close eye on Jellybean.  He had not been acting like he felt very well and, at times, he had not been excited about eating.
Last week, he had a couple of days that caused us great concern, but in typical Jellybean fashion, he rebounded and did well until yesterday.

Yesterday, when staff and interns were doing rounds, we noticed that he wasn’t moving around like normal.  Upon consulting with Dr. Lassiter, we decided that we would anesthetize him, do blood work, and perform an ultrasound.  His blood work looked pretty good for a tiger his age (he was almost 18 years old).  Unfortunately, the ultrasound showed that he had left side heart failure.  Due the severity of the failure, his quality of life was greatly suffering and we made the decision to euthanize.  Upon necropsy, we also found evidence of chronic kidney disease.

We are all saddened when we lose any of our animals.  Those losses are made that much more painful when it is shared with so many others.  Though they may never have met him, Jellybean touched many people.  So many guests come out and ask if they will get to see Jelly. I know that our loss will be shared by many.