Daxon Serval

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



  • 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.

Daxon Serval was rescued from a private owner in June of 2017. He was owned in a state where it is illegal to own wild cats and the owner reached out to Carolina Tiger Rescue in hopes we could provide Daxon with a lifelong home more suitable to his wild cat needs. Daxon is a bit shy at first and a bit weary of new people, but, since moving to his outdoor enclosure, he has really started to come out of his shell. Daxon enjoys when visitors sit down a safe distance from his enclosure and just talk with him and provide him with their company. He is a handsome serval who seems to be enjoying his new life at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

Born April 13, 2013
Rescued June 22, 2017

How Daxon Came to the Sanctuary

Daxon was rescued in June of 2017 from a private owner. He had been a pet for the first 3 years of his life, until his owner decided they could not give him the best life possible. Carolina Tiger Rescue was contacted and we traveled to pick him up and bring him to his forever home.


Daxon is a shy serval who takes a bit to warm up to new experiences. Now that he is out of quarantine and in his new home in his outdoor enclosure, Daxon is coming out of his shell. The day he was released he took no time at all to explore his new home!


Daxon is a tall serval with darker fur than some of our other resident servals. His fur is almost brown instead of the typical yellow or tan.

Where in Sanctuary

Daxon lives on Mimosa Point next to Blondie Serval. Daxon was a bit anxious and nervous when he first arrived and while he was in quarantine, so it was decided he would likely enjoy an enclosure away from the tour path.

Pet Trade

Unfortunately, several of our residents have first been privately owned pets. Many people, with good intentions, feel they can handle a wild cat in their home. They hope if they raise it from a baby that they can somehow love the wild out of the animal, but, in all cases, this is not true. Wild cats maintain their wild instincts. They are deadly predators and they are born with the instinct to survive. Oftentimes when the animal matures, they become extremely aggressive. The owners find themselves having to make difficult decisions, whether it is to give up the animal or, unfortunately in some cases, the animal is put down, abandoned, or neglected because the owners are simply not equipped to handle a wild animal. In Daxon's case, his owner realized they could not provide him with the best home, one in which he could be a wild cat, and decided to surrender him to Carolina Tiger Rescue. Carolina Tiger Rescue is against the private ownership of wild cats and other dangerous animals.

Leptailurus serval