Posted on July 28, 2016

North Carolina Rescues and Protects Its Animals

North Carolina rescues animals.  Animals such as endangered tigers and lemurs as well as injured raptors.  Get up close to incredibly awesome animals in their specially designed habitats.


Carolina Tiger Rescue, located in Pittsboro, North Carolina, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildcat sanctuary, whose mission is saving and protecting wildcats in captivity and in the wild. Carolina Tiger Rescue pursues its mission by providing lifelong homes to wildcats in need of rescue and educating the public about what threatens these animals: in the wild, in the pet trade, and in the entertainment industry.

More than 13,000 people visit Carolina Tiger Rescue each year, learning about the issues affecting wildcats through guided tours and field trips. Research projects at Carolina Tiger Rescue are assisting conservation efforts in the wild and providing valuable information to colleges around the country about the rainforest habitat and about species represented at the facility. Carolina Tiger Rescue provides internships for students from around the country, and provides community service opportunities to the local community.

The only way to see the animals is on one of their guided tours. Your public tour will take you on guided half-mile walk outdoors on grass and gravel to meet some of the world’s most endangered species. Your guide will personally introduce you to tigers, lions, bobcats, servals, ocelots, and more, explaining the rescue stories that brought them to Carolina Tiger Rescue and the issues that their kind face in the wild. The tour will last approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours, depending on the group’s involvement.

Twilight tours are an adult only (age 13+) tour available seasonally (April-October) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. These special walks are during the most active part of our predators’ days. No other visitors or volunteers are in the sanctuary at that time, which creates a more intimate experience with the animals.

The Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina, houses the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar, and the current colony houses nearly 250 individuals across 18 species.  For 50 years, the Duke Lemur Center has advanced scholarship and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research on lemurs – Earth’s most threatened group of mammals.

The scientific endeavors at the Duke Lemur Center span a vast array of disciplines, from behavior and genomics to brain sciences and paleontology. Over its long history, the Duke Lemur Center has brought together scientists, conservation biologists and educators in North Carolina and in Madagascar to understand and to protect these extraordinary animals.

Call (919) 401-7240 to make your reservation today to have a tour guide show you around.  You must schedule a tour in order to visit since they do not allow self-guided visits. Tours are conducted seven days a week all year round.

Another option is to walk right alongside the lemurs.  Enter the world of the lemur as your guide escorts you where there are no barriers between you and the animals. Be sure to bring your camera as this experience offers views of the animals unlike any other.


The Carolina Raptor Center, just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, admits over 900 birds a year and releases approximately 70% back into the wild.  CRC’s rehabilitation program, now housed at the Jim Arthur Raptor Medical Center, has admitted over 19,000 birds in its over 40 years.  Founded by Dr. Dick Brown, CRC outgrew the basement of the UNC-Charlotte science building and moved to Latta Plantation Nature Preserve in 1984.  Carolina Raptor Center is the largest raptor medical center in the United States based on admitted patients. Carolina Raptor Center treated more than 2,800 injured and/or orphaned raptors in the last 3 years.

Carolina Raptor Center is located on 57 acres inside Latta Planation Nature Preserve, a 1,500 acre nature preserve, part of the watershed for Charlotte, NC. For over 30 years, Carolina Raptor Center has partnered with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to provide environmental education opportunities for visitors from around the corner and across the world.

The Raptor Trail and the Edna S. Moretti Environmental Education Center are open most of the year. The Raptor Trail is designed to connect visitors to our birds and the natural world by featuring our over 30 species of birds, special events and encounters throughout the year,. The Raptor Trail exhibits are designed to capture your imagination and to ignite your understanding of the science and natural history of raptors and the science of flight.

Humans have been fascinated by birds and flight for thousands of years from Artist Leonardo daVinci to the Wright Brothers to today’s Boeing engineers. Whether you are looking at birds with an artist’s or scientist’s eye, the beauty and magnificence of CRC’s raptor denizens will spark wonder in visitors from across the globe.

North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns loves hosting guests who want to visit our local animal sanctuaries, zoos, and aquariums.  Our friendly innkeepers will gladly direct you to the perfect local spots for viewing animals up close.