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Carolina Tiger Rescue

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A wonderful close-up look at cats

We came here on a bit of a drizzly day, but that didn't make the tour any less wonderful. Our tour... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
John M
Raleigh, North Carolina
Great place

Wonderful people taking care of some very special animals that without them would have been... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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“big cats”(33 reviews)
“twilight tour”(22 reviews)
“their lives”(13 reviews)
This is a refuge for tigers and other exotic cats.
1940 Hanks Chapel Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312-9794
+1 919-542-4684
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 28 December 2008

Living in Chapel Hill, I had read about the trust for a few years, but we never made it there. My brother's family was visiting for the holiday and they are very into big cats so I thought this would be the perfect time. We...More

8  Thank Johhny_Appleseed
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Reviewed 11 June 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...More

6  Thank JPB1006
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We came here on a bit of a drizzly day, but that didn't make the tour any less wonderful. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and answered all of our questions expertly and graciously. This organization is doing a very worthwhile job making a home...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Wonderful people taking care of some very special animals that without them would have been destroyed. The people are working hard to stop the Exotic Pet Trade in the US, just as Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is doing in Arkansas.

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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

I was lucky enough to get a tour of this amazing place. There are so many amazing animals here there’s a huge tiger he was like 500 pounds he was simply beautiful. If you are able to visit I would.

Thank TinaTB1977
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

The school organized a visit and, even though it is sad to hear all the stories around these animals, it is still captivating to rob a glimpse of them. Very serene experience. The kids were thrilled and we learned a lot. Supporting a good cause...More

Thank sgcampo
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

We went on the twilight tour (adults only) and learned so much. Not only were the cats beautiful to see but we learned a lot about the humane treatment of wild animals. We each animal’s personal story and lots of anecdotes kept the tour interesting....More

Thank myxbze
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Morning tour. Excellent docent well paced with interesting information. Parents didn't control their children very well. I wonder if appropriate to allow infants in strollers on the tour. I know that this is a difficult issue for any such attraction and I did discuss with...More

1  Thank William R
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This is far better than any zoo that I have visited. The guides are superb and know a great deal about each of the wonderful animals. The enthusiasm shown by the staff is catching and was a large factor in my wife and I deciding...More

Thank 325Rees
Reviewed 9 June 2018

The staff and the volunteers @ Car. Rescue are trying to do a much needed job and I recognize that they do what they can with the resources that they have. The tigers and other animals are, in fact, rescued from difficult situations and are...More

5  Thank DeaconDebi
Reviewed 13 May 2018

I purchased four tickets to the Tiger Rescue for Mother's Day, many months in advance. We drove the two and a half hours from Wilmington to go to what I thought was a 1:00 tour. Well, when we arrived I realized (after giving my confirmation...More

5  Thank DandySmudge
Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

We met several friends here to experience to Carolina Tiger rescue. We had heard a lot about it, but never visited. Order your tickets online and arrive 15 minutes early so you can register and sign all the waivers. They start with a short presentation...More

Thank J L
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19 May 2018|
Response from LillyKate3 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure of the difference. We took a regular day tour and were very happy with what we were shown and the information given. You can call or email the organization and ask what each tour offers to compare what would... More
21 March 2018|
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Response from Sloan13 | Reviewed this property |
Weather is never an issue - the tour goes on. You will be so engrossed in the animals that you won't even realize what the weather is doing. Enjoy your day!
20 October 2016|
Response from ncaronna7 | Reviewed this property |
They offer "twilight" evening tours which is limited vs. general "public" tours during daytime since cats are more active at night and when cooler temps. Can always call to ask more specific questions, but friends that have... More