Max Tiger


September 13, 1999

September 13, 2011

Passed away
January 23, 2019

Max’s Story

Max came to Carolina Tiger Rescue from Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio, Texas with ten other animals, including three lions and six other tigers. Wild Animal Orphanage was a rescue that became overwhelmed by the number of animals they had and did not have enough resources to care for them. Over 300 animals had to be re-homed when they shut down. With the help of Tigers in America, we were able to rescue ten animals, giving them a better and more secure life.

Max’s Passing

January 24, 2019

The animal care staff has been keeping a very close eye on Max Tiger for a number of weeks due to his difficulty walking and not being interested in food. Over the past few weeks, we have juggled different medications at different levels trying to keep him pain-free, walking steadily, and interested in food. We knew that we were looking at very limited time with him, but as with all of our animals, we wanted to make sure that he had a good quality of life. This week we decided that it was time to let Max go.

Max had such a following of volunteers, adoptive parents, and staff. He was one of our tigers that was certainly considered an old soul, but he was always happy to come up for a treat and would readily offer chuffles in return. Many of us greatly enjoyed spending time with him, especially since he was in a very peaceful area of the sanctuary. But don’t let the old soul fool you. He spent the last two years flirting with the new neighbors (we are looking at you, Mila and Riley). He could often be found at the end of his enclosure closest to the girls, watching their silly antics and enjoying their company.

All of the deaths are hard to take. It’s bruising to the soul. You wake up exhausted, no matter how much sleep you got the night before. But as a friend said yesterday, when the loss no longer affects you, it’s time to leave. Needless to say, we have all been affected by the loss of Max. He was such a presence for anyone who ventured off the tour path and, though there will be other tigers in that enclosure, there will never be another Max.

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.

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.

Bobcat at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Caracal at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Coatimundi at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Cougar at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Kinkajou at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Lion at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
NGSD at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Porcupine at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Raccoon at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Red Wolf at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Red Wolves
Serval at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Tiger at Carolina Tiger Rescue
Learn about
Keeper Stripes

Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Individual volunteering at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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.