Saber 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.

Saber Tiger

Saber is a great example of how beautiful white tigers can be but also how detrimental the inbreeding that produces them can be, as it causes harmful birth defects in the tigers.  Due to inbreeding, Saber is cross-eyed, which limits his sight.  Saber seems to always be happy; he enjoys getting enrichment and lounging.  Saber especially loves water!  He is always playing in his water dish and loves his pool in the warmer months!

Born October 12, 2010
Rescued October 12, 2016

How Saber Came to the Sanctuary

Saber came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with fifteen other animals from a facility out in Colorado. This facility closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals in just over three months.


Saber is a very personable and silly tiger who does not seem to have a care in the world. He is very playful. He is not always eager to come up and visit tours but he does not hide from them either. He likes to do things on his own time.


Saber certainly sticks out because he is white. He has dark stripes and strikingly blue eyes, with which all white tigers are born. Although, his are noticeably crossed. When Saber yawns or opens his mouth, it is also obvious that his teeth were filed down to the gum line, which is a common practice in cub petting.

Where in Sanctuary

Saber lives in Pine Forest. He is tour, down the path from Kitwana Caracal.

White Tigers

As beautiful as white tigers are, they are not a subspecies of tigers. The white gene comes from a mutated recessive gene that both parents must have for the offspring to potentially be white. White tigers have a long history in captivity; they are all inbred and all relatives of one another. Due to the many years of inbreeding, white tigers are born cross-eyed with a plethora of other deformities, including possible deafness, scoliosis, and epilepsy. When a breeder breeds for a white tiger, whether for cub petting, entertainment, or a roadside attraction, only 1 in every 30 is "show-worthy". The question then becomes what happens to the other 29? Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support, directly or indirectly, facilities or entertainment venues that breed for white tigers.

Panthera tigris