Yanaba Tiger

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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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.

Yanaba is a tiger with an aggressive personality who prefers to be on her own.  She was rescued along with three other tigers in April of 2018.  Yanaba is food-motivated and enjoys hanging out on top of her den box to survey her surroundings.

Born April 6, 2007
Rescued April 6, 2018

How Yanaba Came to the Sanctuary

Yanaba was rescued along with three other tigers, Kaari, Shira, and Tio, from a facility in the southwestern part of the United States. Due to limited details and the ongoing situation, not much else is known about where the four tigers came from. Kaari passed away in February 2019.


Yanaba is very set in her ways. She prefers to live alone and not be bothered by anyone or anything unless they have food for her. When Yanaba first came to Carolina Tiger Rescue, she was living with Shira Tiger, but since she is unable to get along with her anymore, the two have been separated. Yanaba, being the tiger she is, prefers to live the solitary life.


Yanaba barely has any ruff around her face. Her whiskers on the left side of her face are crimped. She also has perfectly round ears without any nicks or notches. Yanaba has a sleek dark coat.

Where in Sanctuary

Yanaba Tiger lives in Pine Forest down the path from Madonna Tiger's enclosure. She is away from the tour route, just the way she likes it.

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 these animals now are in their forever home and have nothing to worry about, except when the food truck is coming.

Panthera tigris