Caprichio 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.

Caprichio is the largest animal at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  He weighs 489 pounds and it is all muscle!  This big boy takes time to get used to things.  However, once he warms up to new experiences, he is as relaxed as can be.  He also loves attention from passersby.

Born June 1, 2010
Rescued October 11, 2016

How Caprichio Came to the Sanctuary

Caprichio was one of 16 animals that came to call Carolina Tiger Rescue home from a roadside zoo 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.


Despite his large size, Caprichio is a bit nervous around new experiences.  He tends to get a little anxious when he is not used to something, but, once he settles in, he loves to chuffle and show how content he is.  Caprichio loves to boss India and Carolina around and at times will roar at them, especially if there is food around. For this reason, he is fed apart from the girls.  It certainly is not his fault, though; wild tigers are solitary and it is not in his genes to share.


Caprichio is the largest tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue currently weighing in at over 480 pounds.  We have had some overweight cats before but Caprichio is all muscle!  This big boy has a beautiful, bright orange coat and a head so large you can't miss it!  Caprichio does have a bowed back leg that is likely due to malnutrition as a cub and he walks with a bit of a limp, but he does not let it slow him down!

Where in Sanctuary

Caprichio lives with his enclosure-mate, Carolina on Oak Hill. 

Habitat Destruction

It is estimated that 1/3 of all land mammals will risk extinction by the year 2050 if the current trend continues.  These animals are losing their habitats at an alarming rate.  On average, 300 football fields' worth of rainforest is cleared each hour for palm oil plantations.  Palm oil is an easy and cheap crop to grow that is in over 50% of consumer goods.  The area in which palm oil is planted is home to tigers, orangutans, and countless other species, big and small, that are vital to the Earth’s well-being.

Panthera tigris