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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.

 

Caracals

In Africa, Caracals are known as “Little Lions” due to their fierce and spunky demeanor. They pack a big punch in their small bodies!

Caracals stand out in the feline family due to many interesting characteristics. Caracals sport long tufts of hair on their ears, 
are excellent jumpers considering their body size, and are extremely strong! Caracals are capable of taking down prey three times
their size!

The long tufts of hair on the caracal’s ears are somewhat of a mystery, but scientists have a couple theories. One is to actually attract birds, their favorite prey. They sit in the tall grasses and flick the tops of their ears, fooling birds into thinking they are insects, causing them to come down closer, making them easier to catch!

Caracals are considered crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk.  

Caracals are excellent jumpers and can jump up to 13 feet in the air!

Wild Caracals

  • Though caracals are not considered endangered, their numbers are decreasing due to habitat loss.
  • Caracals are sometimes poached by farmers if they are thought to have killed livestock.
  • Caracal is a Turkish word meaning “Black-Eared.”
  • Caracals love hunting guinea foul, a ground dwelling bird that makes easy prey for the cats.

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  • Caracals are considered small cats for many reasons: they purr instead of roar, they have larger back legs than front legs to help them make high leaps.
  • Caracals help keep down the rodent and bird populations and are therefore a keystone species. 
  • Caracals are found from Africa over into the Middle East, where sometimes they are kept as pets.
  • Caracals are solitary animals that only come together to mate.

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It is important to know and understand that every animal in the ecosystem is vital to its balance. Without caracals, the rodent and bird populations would become so large that they will deplete the natural resources of Africa. Protecting every species, even predators, is vital to the survival of healthy ecosystems.

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

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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.

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

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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Individual Volunteering

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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.

Ways to Support Carolina Tiger Rescue

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Big Cat Dinner Club Information

Big Cat Dinner Club

Whether it’s a monthly donation or a one-time gift, a symbolic animal adoption, a gift to the Big Cat Dinner Club, or any other kind of donation, your contribution to Carolina Tiger Rescue goes straight to work helping to save wild cats in need.  Don’t see what you are looking for, our development staff can help you find a meaningful way to support the cats!