Public Tour Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carolina Tiger Rescue is making changes to our procedures for our volunteers and our guest.  The first change you will see is that everyone, including guest, will be required to wear a cloth mask.  The cloth mask can be a surgical mask or a homemade mask but the masks must cover your nose and your mouth.  Masks will not be required of children 2 and under.  You will be required to wear your mask for your entire time at Carolina Tiger Rescue.  This requirement is not only for the safety of our guest and volunteers, but also for our animals.  COVID-19 is able to be transmitted to big cats from humans.  While we are excited to have you out to learn about our amazing animals, their health and safety is our first priority.  Thank you for doing your part!

Our public tours run year round on a regular schedule of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tickets for public tours must be purchased in advance and there are a limited number of tickets sold per tour. It’s a good idea to buy your tickets early around the holidays – we sell out well in advance at those times of year. Your public tour will be about 1 ½ hours. Please, arrive 20 minutes early to check in. Our trained volunteer tour guides will walk you through the animal sanctuary. You will learn about the different species living at Carolina Tiger Rescue and the problems they face in the wild. You will also hear about the challenges they face in captivity. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and take photos, but you will not have any physical contact with the animals.

Public Tour Times


10 am 


10 am and 1 pm


10 am and 1 pm

Additional tours are available during holidays.  

Public Tour Prices

Adult (13 years of age and older)

$18 plus taxes and service fees

Youth (4-12 years of age)

$12.50 plus taxes and services fees

Children (3 and under)


(even free children need a ticket to reserve their spot!)

Ready to buy your tickets? Buy them now!
Tours are the only way to see the animals.
Public tours may sell out up to two weeks in advance.

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