Carolina Tiger Rescue


Carolina Tiger Rescue is a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary dedicated to saving and protecting wild cats and other animals in captivity and the wilderness through rescue, education, and advocacy. This year, the sanctuary is celebrating its 50th anniversary.


The only way to see the animals is on one of their guided tours. Your guide will personally introduce you to tigers, caracals, servals, ocelots, kinkajous, and many other wild animals, explaining the rescue stories that brought them to Carolina Tiger Rescue and the issues that their kind face in the wild. The guided half-mile tour lasts approximately 1.5-2 hours, depending on the group’s involvement. Learn more about private tours. If you want a more personal experience with the sanctuary’s residents, check out their special experiences.

Please visit their website to view tour times and purchase tickets. Please note: We recommend booking your tour early, as tickets sell out in advance. They do not accept walk-in visitors. 


Twilight tours are adult-only (ages 13+) and available seasonally (Apr-Oct) on Fri, Sat, and Sun evenings. These special walks occur during the most active part of their predators’ days. No other visitors or volunteers are in the sanctuary at that time, which creates a more intimate experience with the animals.


Tiger Tales Tours are a great way to share the wonderful world of wild cats with children. This program includes storytime, crafting, and an up-close tour with the sanctuary’s most iconic residents. Tours are offered once a month and sell out quickly.


Celebrate with the cats during holiday enrichment tours. You’ll learn about their animals and how enrichment enhances their lives. The animals will play with (and destroy) holiday-themed enrichment, followed by the opportunity to indulge in some edible holiday enrichment of your own.


Opportunities exist for individuals and groups. Volunteers help with construction, ground maintenance, animal care, guiding tours, and the gift shop.


55-acre nonprofit wildlife sanctuary.

Accepts major credit cards. Discounts are available for children. Donations are accepted. Not pet-friendly.


The Education Center is wheelchair accessible.  However, the gravel and grass paths may not be wheelchair-friendly. Please contact them at 919.542.4684 to inquire about accessibility and arranging accommodations.


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