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Carolina Tiger Rescue

Open your Eyes to the Wild

Pittsboro, NC   |  http://www.CarolinaTigerRescue.org

Mission

Saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. We work towards a day when wild cats are living in their native habitat and are not exploited by humans.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Kris Marino

Main address

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd

Pittsboro, NC 27312 USA

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Formerly known as

Carnivore Preservation Trust

EIN

56-1522499

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Carolina Tiger Rescue works towards the day that wild cats can prosper in their native habitats and are no longer exploited through private ownership and use in entertainment venues. It is estimated that there are around 5,000 captive tigers in the United State, which is more than the approximately 3,900 found in the wild. A majority of these captive tigers are privately owned and living in people’s backyards, roadside zoos, and private breeding facilities. Only an estimated 6% of the captive tiger population resides in accredited facilities. Many of private tiger owners aren’t properly trained to care for wild animals, making the animals vulnerable to mistreatment and exploitation. Often these facilities will allow public contact with the tigers, including photo ops and feedings with tiger cubs. Not only is the welfare of these tigers compromised, but public health and safety is at risk during these encounters.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Education Program

One of Carolina Tiger Rescue’s main goals is educating the public on the importance of preserving wild animals in their natural habitats. Tours, school field trips, group presentations, summer camps, and internships are some of the ways we educate the public on what we do and why we do it.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

At the heart of Carolina Tiger Rescue are our rescue and lifelong sanctuary programs. Our rescues come from private owners, mom-and-pop zoos, traveling circuses, and other facilities as a result of being abandoned, relinquished, or confiscated by the authorities.
Sadly, the wild pet trade is the third-largest illegal trade internationally. While the United States bans the import of threatened and endangered species and regulates the interstate trade in the U.S., loopholes, and lack of enforcement leave trade and breeding of these animals rampant.

All but 4 states in the U. S. have some kind of regulation of wild cats (Nevada, Alabama, Wisconsin, and North Carolina have no regulation at all). However, regulations vary from an outright ban to simple registration. As a result, there are still a lot of wild cats living in captivity throughout the country.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Volunteers play a vital role in our organization and perform a number of important jobs. Volunteering with us can be extremely rewarding and a great learning experience. We offer individual as well as group volunteer opportunities, including ASB (Alternate Spring Breaks), corporate workgroups, and community service opportunties.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Accreditation 2019

Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Affiliations & memberships

Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals provided with long term care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Rescue and Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Animals who have been given a forever home at Carolina Tiger Rescue. This includes carnivores of 11 different species.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Young adults, Students

Related Program

Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

STEM based field trips to schools, colleges, and summer camp groups.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Students

Related Program

Rescue and Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers include primarily long-term volunteers (19,000+ hours) but also include corporate work groups, internships, and Alternate Break Service Groups.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Students

Related Program

Rescue and Sanctuary

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Most of these volunteers are long-tem volunteers but this also includes corporate work groups, community service groups, and alternate service break groups.

Number of people receiving educational public and private tours.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Public and Private Tours as well as presentations.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Carolina Tiger Rescue seeks to end the private ownership of big cats, with the exceptions of zoos who meet Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited standards or Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) accreditations. Worldwide, we seek to stop the steady dramatic decline in cat populations in order to preserve these apex predator species that are critical to the balance of nature.

Our primary strategy is by educating the general public with the goal of reducing the demand for activities like visiting roadside zoos, cub petting, cub photo ops, and circuses. We achieve this through personal guided tours of the sanctuary, through outreach (but never taking wild animals offsite) and through our website and social media sites. We advocate for action to maintain wild cats in sustainable native habitats, or when that is not a viable option, for the respectful, humane treatment of them in captivity. We conduct non-invasive research to further understand and aid wild cats in their native habitats.

Carolina Tiger Rescue also provides STEM education to elementary, middle, and high school aged students and a comprehensive internship program to those interested in going into animal husbandry or animal conservation.

Carolina Tiger Rescue currently employs 20 people of different skill sets, ranging from in-office development staff to our education staff and our animal care staff - to keep Carolina Tiger a thriving sanctuary. We also have the volunteer force necessary to give the daily educational tours. Ours Communications Director keeps up with our very robust social media pages and provides fresh content daily, explaining why wild animals belong in the wild and not in our homes and back yard cages.

Carolina Tiger Rescue has recently received its accreditation with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/) the highest accrediting body for sanctuaries in North America.

We will continue to work on passing the Big Cat Public Safety Act while continuing our education efforts to reduce demand for cub petting and exhibition and to foster true concern for conservation in the wild.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, to gage program effectiveness

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Carolina Tiger Rescue

Board of directors
as of 03/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Laura Gasaway

Retired

Term: 2023 - 2025

Ruth Stalvey

Laura Gasaway

Kevin O'Doll

Aparna Ramabhadran

Jay Baas

Nicole Robertson

Mitch Haber

Mary Szymkowski

Chris Bush

Barbara Daniel

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/20/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.