Zari can be a very shy caracal who sometimes takes time to come up and visit guests.  Although she is not as talkative as Kitwana, she still has a lot to say.  As she has grown more comfortable in her new home at Carolina Tiger Rescue, she is starting to really come out of her shell!

Born April 29, 2008
Rescued October 4, 2016

How Zari Came to the Sanctuary

Zari came to Carolina Tiger Rescue with her enclosure-mate, Kitwana, and fourteen other animals from a facility in Colorado. The owner decided to sell his land and donate his animals when he became ill. Carolina Tiger Rescue worked with several other sanctuaries around the country to find homes for over 100 animals. This is the largest rescue to date in Carolina Tiger Rescue's history and the largest rescue of big cats in the United States.


Zari can sometimes take awhile to warm up to new people and other times she is out and up at the fence ready to greet them. She is a feisty caracal who loves to quarrel with her brother, Kitwana. Zari is enjoying her new home and runs around from shift to shift without a care in the world.


Zari is the smaller of the two caracals that came from out west. Her left ear tuft mostly stands straight up, while her right ear tuft folds over like a broken party hat. She has a lighter coat than her enclosure-mate, Kitwana.

Where in Sanctuary

Zari and her enclosure-mate, Kitwana, live on the tour path on Cherry Lane across from Stevie, Queen, and Cher Serval.

Habitat Destruction

Caracals, like Zari, are very adaptable cats, however the biggest problem they are facing in the wild is habitat destruction. Habitat loss is the number one reason the caracal population is declining. Habitat loss is directly due to the growth of the human population, urban sprawling, and the need for more agricultural farms that require vast amounts of land. It is not only the caracal that is affected by habitat loss, but also its prey. Many migratory species are unable to complete their migration due to urban developments and this has a direct impact on the land and the predators who hunt them. It is vital that lands be protected so animals such as the caracal can continue to thrive.

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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.

Visit Carolina Tiger Rescue

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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.