Savannah is a very sassy serval who prefers to be left alone.  She will come up to the fence to see what the keepers and volunteers are up to, but she prefers the solitary life. Savannah was declawed before she was rescued, which is usually done to try to make the cat “safer”. Savannah loves to bask in the sun and always has a hiss as a greeting for anyone who comes around to see her.

Born October 4, 2005
Rescued October 4, 2016

How Savannah Came to the Sanctuary

Savannah was rescued with 15 other animals from a facility out in Colorado. This facility was closed down when the owner fell ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals.


Savannah is a very sassy serval who prefers things "just so". She is not a fan of many things but is learning each day that there are a few things that she likes. As of late, Savannah has found she likes to spend time on one of her high platforms and soak up the warm sun. Savannah does not enjoy seeing many people and much prefers a quiet life away from the tour path.


Savannah arrived larger than the average serval because she was a bit overweight. When she first arrived, she had matts on her back, likely due to being unable to groom herself, that had to be shaved off during her physical. Savannah's fur grew back in and she soon looked slimmer. A wild cat being overweight is just as detrimental to the animal being underweight. If they have to carry the weight on their joints and bones for too long, they can develop arthritis very easily.

Where in Sanctuary

Savannah lives in the Pear Orchard section of the sanctuary. She lives off tour behind Talon Bobcat's enclosure.

Pet Trade

Savannah came to Carolina Tiger Rescue in October of 2016. Carolina Tiger Rescue is a firm believer that wild cats should not be pets. They often suffer unintentionally from being forced to live in a house. Rarely are wild cats given the space they need or the proper diet and there are few vets willing to treat them. At some point before coming to Carolina Tiger Rescue, Savannah was declawed on all four paws. This is often done when wild cats are kept as pets because people believe it makes them "safer". Declawing is detrimental to the cat's health, often causing arthritis. Carolina Tiger Rescue asks that you not support, either directly or indirectly, those who breed wild cats for private ownership or those who believe wild cats belong in private homes.

Leptailurus 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.

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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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Get involved at Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.