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“Lions and tigers and ocelots”

Carolina Tiger Rescue
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Pittsboro
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This is a refuge for tigers and other exotic cats.
Sanford, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
195 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Lions and tigers and ocelots”
Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

What an amazing place......not glitzy or glamorous but to the wild cats who are lucky enough to call it home....it is incredible. Our tour guide was informative. The tour not overly crowded, groups of 20. It was very muddy from recent rains so wear good sneakers. There is a gift store with an assortment of cat related items. We bought Animalopoly.

Visited March 2014
Thank IMHO2
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“interesting educational and fun”
Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

We did the feeding with the keeper tour and it was well worth it. Our keeper was very knowledgeable and it was great to get to participate. Kudos to all the staff and volunteers its a lot of hard work great thing they are doing.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank trollop2
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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
1,090 reviews
404 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 466 helpful votes
“Lions and tigers, not bears, oh my!”
Reviewed December 27, 2013

A great place to become educated about the plight of large and small cats. Tours are wonderful and informative. And, of course, there are those beautiful animals. This is not horrible like those prisons for animals called zoos.

Visited December 2013
1 Thank John M
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Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Cats Roar and Purr”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

My brother who lives in Chapel Hill thought this would be an enjoyable attraction and we found it to be an enjoyable way to pass an afternoon.

The place is not well marked as they don't advertise so we had a bit of trouble finding it. visitors have to sign waivers so we wondered if that meant the cats would be roaming free, but they are all securley enclosed.

The tour was led by a very knowledgeable volunteer who told us not only general traits of the species but also the individual backstory of each cat on display.

The tour was somewhat interactive as our guide asked us questions to see if we knew anything about wild animals or if our preconceived notions were correct.

As the name connotes, the facility rescues animals that have been in harm's way and provides them with a secure place and plenty of food and care. They have lions, tigers and a variety of other cats, like ocelots and servals.

One bobcat sprayed our tour guide which made for a rather interesting start to the tour.

A second guide accompanies the group and give the cats some treats which makes them a bit more active and inbteresting. The tour takes about an hour and a half and is well worth the $17 fee.

Visited November 2013
Thank HanoiIG
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“lovers of wildlife”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

one very dedicated community..tour was extremely informative, and answer lots of questions in regards to the different types of rescues, and what brings them these animals. Pleasant small gift area, and staff is very well trained.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Deborah B
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