Volunteer Of the Month – September 2019

Volunteer Position: Tour Guide and Adoptive Parent

Time at Carolina Tiger Rescue: Ashley joined the Carolina Tiger Family in April 2017 and has contributed 350 hours of her time since!

Favorite Animal: “I love all of them so much, but Santana has my heart. He just captured it the minute I met him. I feel so blessed to have connected with such an awesome, carefree soul. His silly serval antics never fail to putting a smile on my face, even if I’m having the worst day. He always reminds me to stop and enjoy every moment of life.  And no matter which direction I’m coming from in the sanctuary, he is sitting at that end of his enclosure waiting for me to come give him a snack! Must be the ears?”

Favorite Memory“I have so many but these are the ones that stick out. Changing water dishes when I was in animal care, being so close to such amazing animals, you really connect with them. Being sprayed by Roscoe and Caprichio. Celebrating Santana’s Sweet 16! Hearing the lions during twilight tours. And officially becoming a tour guide, hopefully conveying how passionate I am about these animals and the issues they face. Thanks to my time here at CTR, I am now pursuing my bachelor’s in Fisheries and Wildlife Science online with Oregon State.”

Ashley has been a presence here at Carolina Tiger for two and a half years now. She joined the Family as an Animal Care volunteer, then found her perfect niche as a Tour Guide. She is always eager to learn, excited to share, and is a confident voice speaking out on behalf of wild cats everywhere. She always makes sure that guests not only leave here knowing about the challenges wild cats face, but also knowing about each of our individual residents and why their lives and experiences matter. She has been a wonderful addition to our Tour Guide team and I’m so proud of everything she’s accomplished here. Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t add one final note: Santana is the best! 🙂 Thank you, Ashley! – Maryssa


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.

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.

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.