Max is a large tiger who can be quite aggressive when he is scared or angered. Around people he knows, however, Max is laid back but always a bit wary of his surroundings. When he feels comfortable, Max loves to “talk” to people and rub his head on the fence. He enjoys swimming pools and loves to be sprayed down with a hose in hot weather. Max’s favorite toy is a 20-inch boomer ball. Max is more dominant than his enclosure mate, Christian, and will often push him away from the fence to try and get more treats from the keepers.

Born September 13, 1999
Rescued September 13, 2011

How Max Came to the Sanctuary

Max came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from the Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, Texas, with ten other animals, including three lions and six other tigers. The Wild Animal Orphanage was a rescue that became overwhelmed by the number of animals they had and did not have enough resources to care for them. Over 300 animals had to be re-homed when they shut down. With the help of Tigers in America, we were able to rescue ten animals, giving them a better and more secure life.


Max is a tiger who is very set in his ways. He only likes for certain people to change out his water and he is not very patient when it is time to eat. Max does have a softer side, though. He enjoys hanging out in his pool on hot days and will often lounge near his enclosure mate, Christian, and take an afternoon nap in the shade. He is also very talkative to those he knows and trusts, but is quick to anger and aggressive behavior if he sees something he doesn’t like.


Max is one of our largest tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue and one of our oldest. He has what we call a “Sympathetic Ear.” Though his left ear is not injured in any way, it droops much like his enclosure mate, Christian’s, left ear. It’s almost as if he does not want Christian to feel different. 

Where in Sanctuary

Max is located in Pine Forest with his enclosure mate, Christian. He is off the tour path due to his occasional aggression towards men. Max is notorious for hitting the fence and roaring at guests when he is overwhelmed. He also is very possessive of his water dish and often attempts to intimidate anyone who comes near it.

Failing Sanctuaries

Max and his enclosure mate, Christian, were among ten animals that came from a failed sanctuary in Texas. Unfortunately, sanctuaries having to close down due to a lack of money is not uncommon. Those who run these sanctuaries have tremendously big hearts and want to do all they can to help as many animals as possible, but this often comes at a price. Many places take on more animals than they can manage and financially care for. Many of the animals that are rescued by sanctuaries are ones that come with medical problems, behavior problems, and other ailments that require more time and money than your typical zoo animals. This was the case at Wild Animal Orphanage, where Max and Christian came from. They had over 300 animals when they were forced to close due to financial reasons.  

Carolina Tiger Rescue is very mindful that when we take animals in, we are promising to care for that animal for the rest of its life, no matter what may come up in the future. We have several animals with medical needs that require expensive treatments that will be necessary for the rest of their lives; this limits the number of animals we can take, but our main priority is to provide a life-long home for the animals in our care. We do not want to get to a place where we cannot care for them. The animals in our care have been through enough already and we would not risk subjecting them to another disruption in their lives.

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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.

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Field Trips

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Virtual Field Trips

Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching "kids" of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our "Kid for a Day" Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

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Group Volunteering

There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.