Kito 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

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.

January 1, 2008

August 19, 2023

Passed away
February 28, 2024

Kito’s Story

Kito started his life off as a pet before being rescued by a sister sanctuary in Florida. When that sanctuary shifted their mission to focus on native wildlife, they had to find a new home for their exotic animals. In summer 2023, we gladly took in their four serval boys: Kito, Saka, King and Simba. Kito was an easy-going serval who shared a special bond with his enclosure-mate Saka. He was a social boy, who liked to purr for visitors.

Caprichio Tiger

Riley’s Passing

March 12, 2024


Dear Carolina Tiger Rescue Family,

I’m sorry to say that I have sad news to share. A bit ago, a mass was seen on the left side of Kito Serval’s forehead. We realized quickly that the mass was a tumor and due to the location, our only option was to try treating him with medications. We hoped to reduce the impact of the tumor on his health and wellbeing. The tumor didn’t appear to be causing him any pain. He was eating and behaving normally, always up and eager to greet everyone. The staff was told to watch for any changes in his behavior or any neurological signs. Sadly, when the keeper staff performed morning rounds, Kito was in his den box and not behaving normally. When we were able to get him up and moving, he showed a significant deficit in his right side. We knew it was time to say goodbye.

Kito has not been with us for very long, but he won the hearts of many staff members and volunteers. Kito arrived at the sanctuary with three other servals when a sister sanctuary made the decision to downsize and focus on native wildlife. While living in a large group of servals, Kito had his favorite friend in Saka. But even having a favorite, Kito never caused a fuss with the others. He was content to enjoy his time basking in the sun and really enjoying scent enrichment.

Kito’s story is different from many of our animals. His rescue story did not begin with us. We were able to offer him a final home after living many years under the care of a sister sanctuary. The sanctuary had to make difficult decisions based on what they were going to be able to handle. They weren’t yet in crisis and were able to reach out and made the best decision for both the sanctuary itself and the animals in their care. The partnerships that we have made for the past 20 years have given us community that offers support and guidance and a safe place to be vulnerable. I’m proud of the work that we have done and family we have created throughout the US. I’m glad that we could be the final home for Kito and his enclosure mates. I’m happy to know that Kito continued to be just as cared for and loved for the last years of his life as he has been for the many years before coming to Carolina Tiger Rescue.

No matter the sorrow we feel with the loss of Kito, we will remain here for any animal that needs a safe place to land, just as we will be a friend to the many sanctuaries doing amazing work throughout the US.

Thank you for supporting all of our work and allowing us to care for the cats.


With a heavy heart,
Kathryn Bertok, Assistant Director