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!!!
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.
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!
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.