Shira is a playful tiger.  She was rescued along with three other tigers, Tio, Yanaba, and Kaari, in April of 2018.  Shira has enjoyed all the new experiences at Carolina Tiger Rescue and typically just goes with the flow.

Born September 3, 2007
Rescued April 6, 2018

How Shira Came to the Sanctuary

Shira was rescued along with three other tigers, Kaari, Yanaba, and Tio, from a facility in the southwestern part of the United States in April 2018. Due to limited details and the ongoing situation, not much else is known about where the four tigers came from. Her name when she first arrived was Yashira. Carolina Tiger Rescue decided to shorten it to Shira to prevent confusion between her and the two girls she came with, who were named Yakira (then changed to Kaari) and Yanaba. Kaari passed away in February 2019.


Despite her age, Shira is quite playful. She enjoys running around and exploring her enclosure. She loves new enrichment and basking in her pool. Shira is very food-motivated and is settling into her new life here at Carolina Tiger Rescue. She loves to stalk up at the fence or from far away. She will most likely be at the fence to greet you or stalk you. She used to live with Kaari and Yanaba and was sometimes too playful with Kaari. Kaari would tell her right away how she felt about that. Shira loves to be sneaky and hide behind platforms, trees, and even water dishes. She is very curious and is the first one to check things out. When Shira got her first pool, she went right in. She enjoys taking a dip on hot days.


Shira has a dark fluffy coat. She seems to be a little shorter in stature. Her face is smaller and her snout is shorter and slightly more narrow.

Where in Sanctuary

Shira lives in Pine Forest with Saber Tiger. They are on tour down the path from Kitwana and Zari Caracal and next to Tasha Tiger.

Rescues with Little Information

The four tigers, Shira, Yanaba, Kaari, and Tio, who came from the southwestern part of the United States came from a sensitive situation and not many details were provided. In some situations, we have lots of information and can plan ahead of time, while others pop up quickly and require discretion. The important thing is that these animals now are in their forever home and have nothing to worry about, except when the food truck is coming.

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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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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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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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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.