Loved going to visit the tigers! :) I definitely recommend going for a visit and donating to help with the cause!
Carolina Tiger Rescue is an extraordinary rescue and education organization. I was a guest and I was so impressed with the combination of dedication, professionalism and friendliness. I have continued to be impressed with their dedication to the mission of saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. As I have had the privilege of working with them as a volunteer, they continue to show that same combination of dedication, professionalism and friendliness. They really to welcome you into the CTR family.
I didn't know anything about Carolina Tiger Rescue until my daughter was selected for a summer internship before her application to veterinary college. She took our family on a private tour while working there and we were all enthralled! The condition of the animal habitats, the strict adherence to "no contact," their devotion to animal enrichment and the diligent attention to staff and visitor safety were all impressive. As a former resident of Florida, I was too familiar with the other ways carnivores can be kept and exploited, and I have become an annual supporter of this great organization.
Carolina Tiger is an inspiring organization. From the volunteer opportunities available to the chance to get to know and understand the amazing animals to the absolute professionalism shown by the organization, they are top notch. They are always working to come up with new and creative ways to completely care for the animals and it shows in the animal's behavior. It is a great pleasure and privilege to be part of Carolina Tiger.
Thanks Sammy! Our volunteers are one of the reasons we are so successful! Thanks for your ongoing support.
Touring the sanctuary and seeing the animals healthy and happy was a magical, life-changing experience. I had never been as close to wild animals before, and knowing that they are not handled by humans and have in fact been rescued from terrible circumstances made my heart feel good. Blessings to all the staff, volunteers and donors who make it possible for these cats and others to live out their lives in as natural a way that is possible for captive creatures. I live in Michigan, but each time I go to North Carolina I will be visiting the sanctuary!
Thank you so much for your feedback! It is great to hear that we made such a great impression! We look forward to seeing you soon.
The first time we visited Carolina Rescue we were so impressed and learned so much that we became members that day. Such much dedication, love, and passion...and that's just the cats! lol. Great group of people; great mission!
Thanks! We really appreciate the support our members provide! Hope to see you soon!
I have been a tour guide at Carolina Tiger Rescue for 5 years. I’ve learned so much about the exotic pet trade, wildlife conservation and the majesty of these incredible animals. The people involved; staff, volunteers and guests are supportive and fun to be with. I can’t say enough good things about CTR. Come visit and see for yourself!
Janet - you are the BEST! Thank you for your dedication, your spirit, and your clever ways of keeping tour participants engaged! We all love you at Carolina Tiger Rescue!
I fell in love with CTR the moment I walked through the volunteer gate my first shift. Protecting wild cats in captivity and the wild has always been a passion of mine, and to be lucky enough to have a such an upstanding facility give me the chance to continue my journey through experience and education leaves me forever grateful. Carolina Tiger Rescue is the epitome of a wild cat sanctuary and a true safe haven for so many neglected, abused, and exploited animals. The animals will always come first, they will always have a safe place to lay their heads, and the suffering is over once they walk out into their new homes for the first time. I highly recommend visiting and falling in love yourself.
As 'symbolic adoptive' parents of Daxon Serval, we sure miss coming to the sanctuary to visit him during the health crisis (COVID-19), but the staff has been excellent. They keep us up-to-date with news of the cats and have added daily live videos that allow everyone to see what goes on. So glad we can stay in touch this way. Sharing a pic of our guy's birthday enrichment last year, since we weren't able to make it to see him this year. He is not on the tour route due to being a bit nervous, but all of that goes away when the food truck approaches!
We first heard about Carolina Tiger Rescue on the local news years ago, when Elvis was 'dropped off' at the sanctuary. That sparked my first inclination to donate and later, we were able to visit the sanctuary a couple of times. We have since sponsored two servals and go up regularly, making the 2.5 hour trip about every other month to visit the wonderful, majestic cats and funny kinks and coatis. As with others posting here, this sanctuary has been an eye-opener to the unfortunate plights of these animals. Pet trade, including canned hunts, is appalling and no matter how many times we visit, we are struck by how fortunate these particular animals are to be able to live out the remainder of their lives here. Best possible care, delivered with compassion. A natural environment and stimulating enrichment tailored to the animal. Cheer for the volunteers and the staff that work hard in the elements for this organization. Special shout out to their vet, for all of the work she does.
My first trip to the rescue was about a year and a half ago. A dear friend and tour guide took me out and I was instantly ready to be involved. Within a month or so of my visit, I signed up to volunteer and adopted one of the Bobcats. With experience in small animal veterinary care, I was impressed with the rescue and the dedication to educate. My favorite part is not only what I have learned, but seeing the impact this rescue makes.
The first time I visited Carolina Tiger Rescue was 4 years ago, I had just moved to North Carolina and I went on a public tour with my dad. Fast forward to the present and I have been a volunteer for two years and adopted one of the cats in January. As a volunteer tour guide I love helping to educate the public about wild cats. One of my favorite moments as an adoptive parent was the first time my adoptee (Beau the cougar) purred at me when I brought him meat. I am so fortunate and blessed to be a part of this wonderful community.
I have been a volunteer at this organization since 1994. Over the years, I have seen it develop into a highly professional, well managed nonprofit with a clear mission to save and protect wildcats, and strong core values that oppose exploitation and breeding for profit. The sanctuary provides excellent care for the animals who live there, and visitors receive a great educational experience.
What a great place to see beautiful animals and learn their stories on how they came to Carolina Tiger.
I have had the opportunity to spend time at the Carolina Tiger Rescue. The work that they do is amazing. On a tour, I have seen the care that they take with the animals. And the environments that the animals live in are large and clean.
I am also impressed with the education that the Carolina Tiger Rescue does — to ensure that people (particularly the next generation) know about the animals and the impact that humans are having on the the animals and their natural habitats.
I have been a volunteer at Carolina Tiger Rescue for four years now. I wouldn't work that many hours for free if it weren't a great place to be! CTR believes in giving animals the most natural experience they can have while educating the public on these amazing creatures. They value safety for the animals and people above all else. They always have the animals best interest at heart.
My first visit was in 2014 for a Twilight Tour, I fell in love with the animals and all volunteers, people that take care of all the animals. The Lions Roman/Reina/Reba/Sebastian/Tarzan all sound off with their roars back and forth. To hear all the animals stories of how they came there is heart wrenching, so happy they are all living their remaining life at CTR now, that I can be a part of. All ages would benefit doing a tour, finding out the truth of these animals are not to be pet, or used as entertainment, or profit from there abuse. I have been an adoptive parent since Oct 2014, when I adopted Collins, a bobcat. also Mary Stewart/Bandit caracals, and last but not least Hobie a serval. I love visiting all the animals, letting all I know abut CTR and the passion I have for them. They are a great part of my life. I have loved and lost 3 out of 4 and plan to adopt another. So please take a day to come see these adorable wild cats, Open your eyes to the wild you won't be disappointed.
I started at Carolina Tiger in 2009 as an Animal Care volunteer. This beautiful sanctuary, the volunteers and staff, and the magnificent animals that inhabit it have done more for me than I could ever do for them. I look forward to my shift every week.
The feline residents of the Carolina Tiger Rescue are lucky to have landed in such an oasis of compassion and excellent husbandry. There are a variety of panthera species and each has a comfortable environment that caters to individual needs and preferences, such as grouping friends/family together or allowing solitary species their own space. Each rescued big cat has a sad past and I wish all big cats in the entertainment and pet trade could be rehomed to Carolina Tiger Rescue because there they can live fulfilling, happy lives. I love that it is a no touch/no train facility so the big cats never have to perform or risk injury, they do as they please; they appear happy, playful & relaxed. I went on a tour and learned so much about the natural history, evolution, biology, and behaviors of big cats and am a big big fan!
I became aware of CTR in 2003 when my husband and I had a date night at a twilight tour; I've since been a member, a volunteer, and an adoptive parent. The organization provides much-needed education and outreach about biology, ecology, behavior, history, and current issues regarding its inhabitants. As an AZA-accredited facility, the sanctuary works ethically to provide the best lives possible for its residents and to work toward eliminating the need for future rescues and improving the lives of captive exotics nationwide through advocacy and accurate information. I am honored to live near such a stellar nonprofit doing incredibly important work.
Learn why wild animals should not be pets!
Carolina Tiger Rescue does that and more!
Carolina Tiger Rescue educates the public through tours, videos and social media.
Carolina Tiger Rescue rescues exotic cats and gives them a forever home!
Carolina Tiger Rescue’s personnel are well educated and very attentive to their cats!
Carolina Tiger Rescue will touch your life!
About a year ago, I was checking out Tiger Sanctuaries on Google and found out about Carolina Tiger Sanctuary in Pittsboro, North Carolina. I decided to go on one of the Twilight Tours that they offered and on one of their regular tours. Both tours were informative and quite an eye opener to what exotic animals are exposed to here in the United States. My husband and I were impressed with the animals' health. Looking at them, you could tell that they were well cared for. The staff surrounding the animals genuinely loved them. The volunteers were knowledgeable and were happy to answer any questions one might have about the animals and the organization. Since that day, we have been several times and have enjoyed every visit. Each time, we learn something new. Carolina Tiger Rescue is worth every minute you spend there.
Volunteered here for a week over spring break and it was the best experience of my life. The coordinators were very knowledgeable and experienced and allowed 12 students to safely assist with many aspects of the compound. It really felt like we were making a difference and helping these animals. They really educate you on the animals and each of their own histories that brought them to CTR and it really broadens your horizons to the animal entertainment industry. Can't express how much love I have for this organization.
I just made my third visit to Carolina Tiger Rescue and had such a wonderful and AMAZING experience!!! Each time I learned something new, including how much LOVE, HARD WORK AND DEDICATION is given to every resident there. Each cat, and kinkajou, are treated like they are the only one and are very special! Words do not truly express just how wonderful it is at Carolina Tiger Rescue and ALL they do to make sure they are allowed to be what they are, WILD and BEAUTIFUL!!!
I had never heard of CTR until one day I opened an email & saw a tiger eye logo at the bottom. I clicked on it and have been in love ever since. I have visited 7-8 times in the past couple of years. My first trip, I was so astounded by the amount of animals, the different kinds, & the stories of how they came to be at CTR. Some are sad, others kind of funny. But it is a blessing to see/hear them all at CTR. I have my favorite animals and love to see how they change in the seasons & as their neighbors change. It is pure delight to see newcomers, especially kids, react to seeing these endangered animals & hearing about them. I have talked up CTR to anyone and everyone I can. Such a shame none of my co-workers ever heard of CTR as most of them are born & raised in NC. Well they know about it now!!! Below meet Albert the Kinkajou, Aria Tiger, Jericho Cougar, and brother/sister Reina & Roman Lions.
My husband and I have been to this place two times. Our first visit, we were not expecting much, but both walked away extremely impressed. They take excellent care of the animals, and their dedication is very impressive. The numbers may or may not dictate that they spend more than they should on advertising, however, even if they do, I will continue to support this wonderful charity. It costs money to advertise, and without it, they will not get the visitors for tours, and the donations to keep taking care of these animals or have the means to grow and rescue more. If you have not been, seeing is believing. Do yourself a favor and go visit. What humans have done to these poor animals we can give back and contribute to saving a few.
I discovered Carolina Tiger many years ago when my daughter volunteered there. She took us on tour and we were blown away by the wonderful service these folks are providing. I don't live in NC (and neither does my daughter anymore), so I don't get to visit often anymore, but I have to say it made a huge impression on me and I continue to keep it on my "donation list". I so enjoy the newsletters and keeping up with the new rescues on the website. A truly soul enriching place to visit.
I've been out to Tiger Rescue several times. The first time was with my Girl Scout Troop. Then later, when we built picnic benches, and again and again over the years. Finally, this year, we've adopted Maggie, after my younger daughter did her Girl Scout Silver Award out there. We love CTR, and it's mission. Love the cats, and it is a wonderful place.
I first visited Carolina Tiger Rescue on a tour in 2003. I became a volunteer and adoptive mom of one of the resident tigers there. I have watched Carolina Tiger Rescue grow and increase its scope of education, rescue, and outreach. The staff and volunteers are wonderful, beyond all words! Folks of all ages will take something of value away from a visit, tour, or community presentation. I recommend a tour and involvement in any way possible to anyone. Your heart will be touched, and your mind and spirit will be inspired to join Carolina Tiger Rescue in making our world a better place!
Thanks! We agree - we really do have a special place at Carolina Tiger Rescue! Just ask any of the animals!!
Incredible staff and volunteers doing incredible work. CTR speaks to a crying need in our state and country--a safe and stimulating forever home for the big cats that come to this non-profit from agonizing years at roadside zoos, circus and shows. The tours are informative and great fun, the animals are respected and protected, and visitors are made to feel a welcome and important part of this grand foray into kindness and care.
Carolina Tiger Rescue is a gem in the heart of Chatham County! They provide an extremely valuable service to the community through education, while at the same time providing an invaluable service to the big cats and wildlife they harbor and care for. This organization has high integrity, and devotion from their group of volunteers, pretty much operating on a shoestring. Visiting CTR is always a highlight and never redundant, no matter the frequency, as each guided tour always lends a new perspective and the animals are always amazing...sometimes the horrific stories of the animal backgrounds and the lax legislation that allowed for it fills me with discouragement for the human race, but then I look at the good good work going on, the dedication / knowledge of the employees and volunteers, and the enriched environment provided for the animals and seeing them thrive builds hope for us all.
Awesome place pretty much sums up Carolina Tiger Rescue. They perform a much-needed mission on a very tight budget with a lot of integrity and enthusiasm. The animals there are well cared for and much loved by the staff. I highly recommend a visit to not only see the animals, but learn about their natural habitat and the threats they face when owned by individuals who cannot properly care for them.
The penalty I was given for a speeding ticket in Orange County required that I complete some time in community service for any non-profit of my choice. A friend suggested I volunteer for Carolina Tiger Rescue. Having been on one of their tours, I knew a little about the place, so I called them up to see if they could use me. Turns out that they have a well-organized program that makes use of those needing to do community service. You walk away with a letter to the judge that includes an accounting of your time and activities.
I spent several Sundays working at CTR, helping out with a bunch of necessary work, including efforts to improve the cats' enclosures. I love the site manager, Dan Munn, and all the good people with whom I shared time while working off my hours. They are exceptionally concerned about visitor safety and treat the animals with the respect that big predators deserve. I like the philosophy they've adopted that the cats in their care are not circus animals, there to entertain visitors (although sometimes the cats can't help but be entertaining). It probably already says this in some way or another on their website, but based on my in-person observation I can affirm that the intent of the organization is to provide humane care for big cats that should never have been in captivity (or treated as domestic pets) and cannot return safely to the wild. Having created the best possible environment they could, to this end, they are also uniquely positioned to educate the public about the realities for big cats in the wild, in forced breeding programs, imprisoned and abused in sideshows, or mistakenly adopted as domestic pets. I hope to help out with this educational effort in my job as a volunteer.
We had a wonderful visit at the Carolina Tiger Rescue today. The staff members were friendly and helpful. Greg and Shazir gave a great tour, sharing facts about the animals as well as each animal's story. They answered every question kindly and with respect. It was great to see the animals looking healthy and happy. We will be back!
The animals were fabulous! Very exciting to see these wild animals so close. The staff, however, was extremely rude, inconsiderate and condesending to anyone who would ask questions. Just because the "general public" isn't that knowledgable when it comes to the overall care and conditions the animals arrive from, the guides DO NOT have to be so rude about it.
My family, children and other visitors on the tour were very disappointed in the attitude of the staff at the facility. We will NEVER recommend people visit this place again. It's terribly unfortunate since it does help the animals, but wouldn't give a dime to your people ever again.
Definitely need to make some staff changes or the future of these amazing animals may be in jepordy!
Shame on you ALL!!!
Hi rgs1, Thank you for your review and your honesty! I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your experience. If you'd like, you may email me at geoffhorsfield@CarolinaTigerRescue.org. The majority of our tours are led by volunteers and if you could provide me with more information, I'd be able to correct any issues.
This organization goes above and beyond the call of duty to care for these animals. they further expand their mission by educating the public about the plight of wild animals living in unsafe and inappropriate conditions.
I am a volunteer at Carolina Tiger Rescue and it is just an awesome place. The staff from the director, animal curator, volunteer coordinator and construction crew are so dedicated to making CTR a place of honor and love for these huge cats. They are totally dedicated to each other and the animals, to the point of taking injured vultures to a local rehab if they are caught by one of the cats and just harmed and not killed. I dont have enough kind words to say about this place. They orient volunteers on a daily and weekly basis and are always kind, loving in there interactions with us. No matter how stupid our questions may be. I would recomment a visit by anyone and volunteering or employment also. Great place. Great people and magnificant animals.
I found out about the Carolina Tiger Preserve many years ago when i went with my two small children on a tour. I did think of volunteering until this past summer. Words are hard to describe how I feel each time I enter the compound. It is amazing and I feel so blessed to have the privilige in assisting in the care of these magnificent animals. The animals show their appreciation for what is done for them by going over and inspecting what has been done in their home. Whether it be cleaning their pools in the summer to fluffing a straw bed in the winter. They go over and play in it and say "thanks I really like this" All of the staff is totally dedicated to the well being of these animals The curator Kathryn who is incredibly funny and upbeat, she cares for the animals, staff and volunteers who help her. She knows us all by name and is always joking making the work fun. The keepers Lauren, Lenore and Ed, who are so caring and giving in everything they do. They love the animals and all who are there to help them. Right down to the Dan the construction manager who doesnt say much but I have been told he has made a tremendous impact at the preserve with the construction of anything the animals need. It is an amazing place and is the highlight of my week, each time I go to volunteer. The food, houses, enrichment is top of the line. It is totally dedicated to give these animals a wonderful place to spend the rest of their lives. Some of which have had it a bit rough. But thanks to Carolina Tiger Preseve they will never have to worry or suffer ever again. God Bless you guys.
I have been a volunteer at Carolina Tiger Rescue for close to 10 years. You would not believe some of the situations from which we have gone in and rescued animals. Tigers, lions, leopards, cougars - even smaller cats that people think make "great" pets, have all come to us in desparate need of care. We pluck them from junkyards, roadside attractions. We rescue them when they have been abandoned and just walking along the side of the road. These creatures, both great and small, should never be these situations. We give them our best care as faithful stewards for their welfare. We educate people who visit us about the plight of these animals in captivity, and we try to ensure that, one day, our grandchildren will never have to ask "what is a tiger". Conservation, education and sanctuary is what we do. I've seen it work, and work well for 10 years. It's a great place to connect with great people and amazing animals.
Carolina Tiger Rescue is a top-notch facility providing excellent care to their rescued animals. A definitely worthy cause to support.
I have always enjoyed being around animals big and small, and I enjoy being outside. When I first started to volunteer as a Tour Guide, I had heard stories of volunteers connecting with the animals and vice versa. I can say that there are a couple of tigers that I have connected with. Especially Carmelita - even though she has a cancerous tumor on her leg. She continues on everyday, as to not let the tumor get in her way. It has reinforced in me the strength to stand strong in my fight with cancer. Seeing Apache respond and be less tense at the sound of my voice or chuffle. Being a volunteer with CTR has opened my eyes even more to what is going on in the wild with the natural habit of the big cats. I think that the mission of CTR is so wonderful. They are allowing the cats a chance to be in a some what "natural" environment yet still be observed by the public. The animal facts and their personal stories can be shared. And to help those that can not help themselves, whether it be rescue or relocate.
Carolina Tiger Rescue is hands down the best facility I have had the pleasure of visiting. Our family was given a membership at the holidays a few years back, and we would visit every other month on tours. The facility, the staff and the animals are all wonderful. I have been so impressed with their position on rescue and the best for their animals, that I have started volunteering. It is a fantastic place, and even though there are plenty of creatures that will roar and make your knees quake - it is one of the most peaceful places I have been to.
After visiting Carolina Tiger Rescue this summer, we asked if they could help rescue some tigers that were living in a Texas sanctuary who had financial problems in 2010 that required all animals be relocated or euthanized. CTR was in the process of reviewing their physical infrastructure and budget to be able to provide space for additional big cats in need of a home for life. We were able to help finance the building of additional enclosures so that CTR could make room for 4 additional tigers that we had known as cubs many years ago. The relocation was very successful and the tigers are enjoying their new home and the wonderful people at CTR.
The work these people do for these poor animals is nothing short of amazing. The staff, the facility, the entire organization is beyond words.
I have been a volunteer at Carnivore Preservation for almost 8 years. When I started there I thought I was giving my time and energy to help the Big Cats, but what I found was that I was getting back 100 times more then I was giving. It is a wonderful place for our Tigers, Lions,Caracals Ocelots, servals ,binterongs and Kinks and Bobcats live in a forever home. Each and everyone of our animals has the absolute best medical care, food, and habitat. We don't have cages at CTR we have large enclosures in the compound, where these beautiful 4 legged people can be who they were meant to be. They don't have to do stupid people tricks, they are never exploited.These cats have a Staff and Volunteers who are completely dedicated to them and work long hard hours to make sure they are well taken care of and thier every need is met. They have enrichment to entertain them and tours where they can be seen by the public. CTR is an amazing place to visit and bring your family and friends to get an education and enjoy these beautiful animals first hand. Also if you want to do something great for yourself volunteer or visit CTR you will have the time of your life!!
After hearing about this preservation for a long time I was finally able to visit with my 11 year old son last year. We had an amazing time. To be able to see these animals so close was a gift. We learned a lot about the abuse some of the animals went through and while it is heartbreaking to hear, it is good to know they have a good home and will never be hurt again. The most important thing the preservation is teaching is respect for these animals and no matter how cute they may be....they should never be house pets. I encourage everyone to go and visit this preservation.
Carnivore Preservation Inc (Carolina Tiger Rescue) has made a huge impact on myself and my family. The stories of the tigers and other animals housed at CTR are touching, heartbreaking, inspiring and motivating. To know that these neglected, abused and mistreated exotic animals have found a safe home is comforting. On my last visit to CTR, I was touched by the new lions housed at the facility - lions that had been mistreated and kept as props for photo ops. The volunteers and staff at CTR have worked so hard to give these lions a second change, and it is rewarding to hear about their progress in the CTR newsletters. CTR provides an invaluable resource for conservation education for people of all ages. The educational programming there will hopefully make an impression on the greater community and encourage responsible pet ownership and concern for the plight of exotics.
The Carnivore Preservation Trust (aka Carolina Tiger Rescue) is a really special organization. They provide safe, appropriate, and enriching homes for so many beautiful animals who have been abused or abandoned, or who simply couldn't be cared for in their previous locations. And visitors like me come to see the tigers and lions but end up learning about caracals, servals, binturongs, ocelots, kinkajous, and bobcats (Collins the bobcat is my favorite!). I always bring visiting family and friends to CPT. I'm extremely impressed with their professionalism and their attention to the safety of the animals, staff, and visitors. They are always coming up with new ways to enrich the animals' daily lives, from giving them donated Christmas trees to play with to creating new structures for rest and play. I'll never forget seeing one of the tigers in his giant "pool." It's wonderful to have such a great organization nearby, which is why I donate whenever I can.
Carolina Tiger Rescue (Carnivore Preservation Trust) is an amazing facility. Tucked away in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the facility was originally founded to help breed endangered species of jungle cats from Central and South America, but since the year 2000 has been rescuing as many large cats as it can comfortably hold. The tigers and lions have very adequate space to move, and are treated extremely well by the number of full-time, well-educated keepers that the facility has on staff. There are also two vets that share time at the facility making sure that all the 60+ large cats get proper medical care. The facility is in the process of expanding (but not to completely max out usable space so that they can still accept possible future rescues), and all the animals are given appropriate individual attention. This facility is well worth any donation, as their main mission is to help educate the public about how difficult/dangerous/inappropriate it is to raise a large cat in captivity. Many of the tigers at the facility lived for years in areas no larger than an average garage, and had never stepped on dirt or grass their entire lives. What Carnivore Preservation does for this animals is give them a comfortable, safe place to live out their wonderful lives in peace. It only took me one trip to the facility to be drawn into the incredible things that occur each day at this facility.
My teenage son and I were visiting NC and we share an interest in big cat preservation, so a friend suggested we visit Carnivore Preservation (aka Carolina Tiger). It was a wonderful experience for us, and obviously a better experience for the tigers, lions, and other big cats and carnivores who are so well cared for. All of the animals have big, wooded enclosures and are given lots of enrichment. The tours they offer (we did the twilight tour) are detailed and informative. It is a great organization.
My husband took me on a tour in October of '06, and I, basically, never left! :-) I've been a tour guide at Carolina Tiger Rescue since Jan of 2007. First, this is a cause that I believe very passionately in. I believe that it is vitally important to educate people about these amazing animals. Without places like Carolina Tiger Rescue, there would be no home for an increasing number of animals that NEVER should have been under private ownership, to begin with. I treasure the time I get to spend with the animals, getting to know them on a personal level. They have individual stories and personalities that have struck my heart. I have also been able to bring my daughter out, and introduce her to these beautiful creatures. If we don't educate the next generation, these animals won't be around for my grandchildren to admire...
Carolina Tiger Rescue is a safe haven for tigers, lions, servals, ocelots and other "carnivores" in need of a safe haven to spend the rest of their days. As a volunteer for over 5 years, I have watched the staff and other volunteers pour their hearts and souls into caring for the animals, protecting their welfare and educating the public through tours and outreach. Carolina Tiger is where I first looked deeply into the eyes of a leopard and saw something very tangible - intelligence, cunning, life. It's also a place I go to feel part of something bigger. To watch a child on a tour come face to face with this wonder, to meet an adult who just didn't know there are only 3000 tigers in the wild, to be a part of the process of helping these animals is the greatest gift I know.
Carolina Tiger Rescue gave me a life-altering experience in my time as a volunteer. I was both a tour guide and an animal care volunteer. As a tour guide, I learned how important it is to inform the public about conservation and endangered species, became more comfortable with public speaking, and began to recognize my desire to teach. In animal care, I was able to become more knowledgeable about the individual animals and species cared for, and discovered a passion for animal nutrition that led me to pursue a career in comparative nutrition. If it were not for Carolina Tiger Rescue, I may never have decided to enter graduate school to earn a PhD.