Carolina Tiger Rescue Stories

Aria Tiger with room to run at Carolina Tiger Rescue [breadcrumb]   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 Stories It is estimated that there are between 5,000 – 10,000 tigers in private hands in the United States. This is how Aria Tiger looked when she was rescued from a private owner in South Carolina in 2013. She was purchased from a breeder and kept as a pet in a family’s back yard for 10 years.   When Carolina Tiger Rescue was called in, she was days from death because the family could not find a vet who was willing to care for her. In addition to a lack of knowledgeable medical care, many tigers in private hands are not given proper diets, adequate room to roam, or stimulation to keep them from becoming bored and developing behavior disorders. Even when private owners have the best of intentions, wild cats often suffer greatly in this kind of captivity. There is no federal regulation about owning wild animals. In 4 states, including North Carolina, your neighbor could have a tiger in their back yard and you don’t have to know. When Aria arrived, she weighed around 200 pounds and barely had the strength to lift her head.  Our veterinarian was able to diagnose Aria with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. We began feeding her beef pancreas to provide the enzymes that her body didn’t make, allowing her to absorb nutrition from her food.  Aria’s health improved greatly and she climbed to a...

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 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

Wildlife should be in the Wild

Rescue

Education

  • 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.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Field Trips

Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips link

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.

Our Rescues
Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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BOBCATS
Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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CARACALS
Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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COATIMUNDIS
Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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COUGARS
Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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KINKAJOUS
In Memoriam
Leopard at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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LEOPARDS
Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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LIONS
Ocelot at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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OCELOTS
Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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SERVALS
Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue
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TIGERS
Animals
Games
Activities
Keeper Stripes

Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

Group volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.