Mila and her enclosure mate, Riley, are currently the youngest tigers at Carolina Tiger Rescue. They are extremely playful and have lots of energy!  Mila stands apart from Riley because of her heart shaped pink nose.  She loves attention and is very social.  She is quick to come up to the fence for chuffles.  Mila loves to roll around in straw and take in the scents of the other animals around the sanctuary.  Though they are very similar, Mila is more submissive but is always the first to explore and destroy new enrichment.

Born November 1, 2014
Rescued December 11, 2016

How Mila Came to the Sanctuary

Mila and her sister, Riley, came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from a facility that closed down in the fall of 2016. The owner decided to sell his land and donate his animals when he became ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. This is the largest rescue to date for Carolina Tiger Rescue and the largest rescue of big cats in the United States.


Mila is a very silly tiger with a fantastic and playful personality. She loves to roll around and rub on whatever she can find. Mila is not particularly food-motivated; she seems to prefer enrichment, especially pumpkins and Christmas trees!


Mila is a bit shorter and heavier than her sister Riley. She has lots of small, thin stripes that cover her body. Mila's left eye is a bit more squinted than her right which is due to a hereditary issue that caused her to be born without part of her eyelid. Our vet repaired the eyelid, however, she still squints the left eye more than the right. Mila is submissive to Riley and stays out of her way when food is involved.

Where in Sanctuary

Mila lives off tour in Pine Forest. She lives up the road from Roscoe Tiger.

Tiger Parts

The unfortunate truth is that most wild animals are often worth more dead than alive. A tiger’s worth grows exponentially once it's dead because every part of a tiger’s body, including the ground it dies on, can be harvested and sold for a profit. A dead tiger is worth $50,000 to $60,000 on the black market. A tiger’s eyes alone can be sold for over $200 to those who think they can help cure epilepsy, as believed in traditional Chinese medicine. In the last 100 years, poaching has led to the decline of 97% of the tiger’s wild population. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support, either directly or indirectly, those who use tiger parts in any form or anyone who is involved in the buying, selling, or trading of tigers and their parts.

Panthera tigris

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

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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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.