Rio Bobcat

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.

Rio Bobcat was rescued with 3 other bobcats in the fall of 2022. They all live together and are settling into the sanctuary life. Rio enjoys hanging out with her bobcat companions and is rarely seen without one of them nearby.

Born September 26, 2020

Rescued September 26, 2022

How Rio Came to the Sanctuary

Rio was rescued along with 3 other bobcats, JJ, Monaco, and Cairo, from a private owner in Texas. They were brought to Carolina Tiger Rescue by another facility, In-Sync Exotics and did great on the 17 hour trip.


Rio is the shyest and smallest of the four bobcats. She is always seen near or next to another of her companions and rarely will venture out on her own to explore her enclosure. 


Rio is the smallest of the bobcats she lives with. She has a lot of grey coloring but it is muted. She also is distinguishable by having more ruff around her face.

Where in Sanctuary

Rio lives off tour, currently, with enclosure mates Monaco, JJ, and Cairo. She lives in Pear Orchard next to Molly Bobcat and across the path from Star Cougar.

Wild Animals as Pets

Wild animals are not pets nor can the wild be loved out of them. Bobcats are also illegal to own in most states because they are native to most states. We are thankful the owner knew the best place for Rio and the others was at Carolina Tiger Rescue.

Lynx rufus