PITTSBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Taniya and Erin went Road Trippin’ to Pittsboro to explore Carolina Tiger Rescue, a wild cat sanctuary that has been in the area for 45 years now.
“Saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. We work toward a day when wild cats are living in their native habitat and are not exploited by humans.” That is the mission of Carolina Tiger Rescue.
In the last 20 years, CTR has rescued more than 70 animals. They have tigers, lions, a leopard, cougars, ocelots, servals, a coatimundi, kinkajous, caracals, and a bobcat.
All of the animals at CTR have a different story. One of the tigers, Rajah, was found with another tiger cub on the side of the road near Charlotte. CTR took the two 6-month-old cubs and gave them a forever home.
“We are the only federally accredited wildcat sanctuary in North Carolina”, said Katie Cannon, education director at CTR. “We are a nonprofit and raise all of our own money to take care of these animals for the rest of their lives.”
The sanctuary is funded through tours and events.
“We offer several different types of tours and summer camps, adult day camps,” said Cannon. “Anything and everything you can think of to come and get to know our animals, why they’re here, why we do what we do and why it is so important.”
One of their biggest fundraisers of the year is the Black Tie & Tails Ball. This year’s theme is “The Mysteries of Morocco.” It’s being held Feb. 23 at the Washington Duke Inn, in Durham.
Click here for more information on Carolina Tiger Rescue.