Oliver Ocelot


October 9, 1996

Born at
Carolina Tiger Rescue

Passed away
March 20, 2019

Oliver’s Story

Oliver was born as part of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s former breeding program. Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly Carnivore Preservation Trust, was originally founded to breed keystone species in hopes of one day releasing them into a safe environment but that day never came. The animals who were born here will remain here for life. Oliver was a quiet ocelot who enjoyed sleeping his days away and coming out to explore at night.  Loud noises and big trucks made Oliver nervous so he lived away from the tour path.  Keepers and volunteers had to earn his trust before he would come out to greet them; even then, he came out only when he felt like it.  Oliver enjoyed tearing up enrichment boxes and spraying them with his scent to remind everyone that it belonged to him.

Oliver’s Passing

March 21, 2019

For more than two decades Oliver Ocelot has called Carolina Tiger Rescue home. He has met hundreds of people and watched so many changes in our landscape. He has lived in multiple enclosures and had many different neighbors. Unfortunately, this week the staff had to make the decision to let Oliver go after a decline in his health. We have known for a while that the 22 (and a half!) year-old was in kidney failure. We knew that he was getting older and more frail as the days passed by, and we knew we needed to make the best decision for him.

Oliver was a model old man. He would spend his days curled up in his warm den box or lounging in a nice sunny spot of his enclosure. He knew that he would get a treat any time a keeper was nearby. It was not hard to fall in love with a little old man who would give you an ocelot grumble if you gave him what he wanted. And when you have reached 22 (and a half!) years-old, it’s pretty much assured that you will get anything you want!

Many of you may never have met Oliver. It’s easy to miss some of the smaller, quieter animals that live off the tour path, but if you have the time, you get to meet some really amazing animals. There are many people that took extra time our of their day to go and visit with Oliver. I know that we will miss the quiet moments, sitting with the grumbly old man, just taking in the sights and sounds of the sanctuary.

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.

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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.

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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.