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Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312
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Ranked #1 of 12 Attractions in Pittsboro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: This is a refuge for tigers and other exotic cats.
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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Wonderful work making a good life for these animals. Worth a visit. Buy tickets in advance for tours. Staff helpful and informative.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Our guide was knowledgeable as well as engaging. Jess seemed enjoy what she does and shared that enthusiasm with the group. She would time it perfectly so we could enjoy the cats as well as be able to hear her stories about the animal or the species. I enjoyed that fact that I was able to learn a lot about... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is an amazingly well "thought-through" animal sanctuary for large cats. The animals have plenty of room to roam, with at least two "pens." All seemed to be content - well, except for "Star" - the nervous cougar:-) Our tour guide was wonderful and knowledgeable and we came away with such appreciation for the volunteers and staff who take such... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was a wonderful adventure! The facility is devoted to the humane care of mainly big cats who have been abused in some way or who need special care. The tour, which is very educational, allows you to get up close and personal with the cats - behind a fence, of course! The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the... More

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White Plains, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a big-cat rescue sanctuary, with many different species (not just tigers). All of the folks working or volunteering there are clearly passionate about these animals. The tour of the property and the many habitats was led by a volunteer docent, and was both interesting and moving. We were able to see many different animals up-close, and hear the... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I've been to Carolina Tiger twice (not super-recently; I just happened to be going over my TripAdvisor reviews and realized I hadn't written about it). I am so impressed with the care they give these beautiful animals and with the education they provide for the public. Follow them on Facebook, and you'll see how devoted the staff are to the... More

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Buffalo, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We visited the rescue mission on the July 4th weekend. Tours were filling quickly earlier in the week and we ended up on a twilight tour which is restricted to adults and teens over thirteen which meant my sister and her family couldn't join us. The mission is located on an old farm near Pittsboro about a 40 minute drive... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is an amazing place to visit. The name is a little misleading as the rescue has more than just tigers. It has many animals that I never heard of until my visit like caracals, servals, ocelots, binturongs, and kinkajous. There are also the tigers, lions, bobcats, and cougars that are better known. The Carolina Tiger Rescue is different than... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The people here are patronizing and rude. I have worked in the Veterinary field and come across ocelots, caracals, and the like in my career. I was visiting Chapel Hill with my husband who was there on business. This place was recommended by my hotel and so many people on trip advisor, so I went to check them out. When... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I don't believe the big photo was taken at the Carolina Tiger Rescue. There are no cinder block enclosures, just big, natural areas where the tigers, lions, and other cats get to enjoy the next stage of their lives. Each animal was brought to the rescue out of less than perfect situations and seem to enjoy the care they now... More

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