Private Tours are in high demand! Tours will be scheduled in the order in which submitted requests are received.

Private Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance, but it is recommended to book two months in advance. Tours are subject to availability.

While we cannot guarantee that your first-choice date and time will be available, we will certainly try our best to accommodate. To increase your chances of getting your first-choice date, please submit requests at least 2 months in advance.

Looking for a unique experience for you and your closest friends or family? Our Private Tours might be just the thing!

The private tour experience is much like the public tour in content and the animals you will visit. The difference is that private tours are exclusive to your group, making it a more personal experience. Our trained volunteer tour guides will walk you through the animal sanctuary where you’ll learn about the different species living at Carolina Tiger Rescue, the problems they face in the wild, as well as the challenges they face in captivity. This is a walking tour along a gravel path, lasting around 1 ½ – 2 hours. You will be introduced to numerous carnivore species and your group will be as close as 3 feet from the enclosures. You will learn Carolina Tiger Rescue’s history, species information, and the personal story of each animal you meet. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take photos, and the conversation can be catered to your interests and the interests of your group. As with all of our tours, you will not have any physical contact with the animals.

Things To Know

Private Tours may be scheduled any day of the week throughout the year and can include up to 25 people. Please note that for all Private Tours, the minimum payment is due at the time of the reservation to secure your spot. The rest of the payment, if any, is due upon arrival for your tour.


Monday – Thursday Private Tours

$200 + tax minimum for up to 10 guests. Each additional guest is $20 + tax.

Minimum payment is due at the time of the reservation. Any remaining balance is due upon arrival for your tour.

Start times can be as early as
9:30 AM and as late as 2:30 PM.

Tuesday afternoons are NOT available.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Tours

Private Tours booked on these days take the place of a public tour. The cost is $500 + tax for up to 25 guests.

Payment is due at the time of the reservation.

Larger groups can be accommodated but will be charged for one tour per 25 guests.

Start times can be as early as
9:30 AM and as late as 2:30 PM.

Have questions before booking a Private Tour? Email our Education Director.

Or call 919-542-4684 ext 3021.

Are you ready to request a date and time for your Private Tour? Fill out the form below!

Things to know before your visit...

Minor Children

icon-signatureIf a minor child is not coming with their parent, a Combined Minor Release Form must be filled out by their parent and brought in at the time of your tour.

What about the Weather?

icon-rain-shineAll tours go out rain or shine.  In the event of an extreme weather event, Carolina Tiger Rescue will contact guests if we need to cancel.  

Can I take pictures?

icon-photographyPhotos may be taken during your tour after a visitor release has been signed.

Is the sanctuary accessible to those with disabilities?

icon-wheelchairThe Education Center is wheelchair accessible.  However, the gravel and grass paths may not be as wheelchair friendly.  If you have accessibility issues, please call 919-542-4684 to make arrangements. 

How do I get to the sanctuary?

icon-directionsGPS may not provide accurate directions to our location.  We recommend using the directions from our website to ensure you get here successfully.

Can I bring my pet to the sanctuary?

icon-no-petsWe do not allow outside animals anywhere on the property.  Please leave your pets at home.

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.

Have Fun Learning at Carolina Tiger Rescue

Field Trips

Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips link

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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Individual Volunteering

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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.