National Tiger Sanctuary
National Tiger Sanctuary
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08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
08:30 - 17:00
Thursday
08:30 - 17:00
Friday
08:30 - 17:00
Saturday
08:30 - 17:00
Sunday
08:30 - 17:00
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National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit, rescue facility that currently cares for a variety of big cats, including bengal tigers, lions, leopards, mountain lions. Visit our big cats from three feet away Wednesday through Sunday. We offer a variety of tours and educational programs. Photography and questions encouraged, National Tiger Sanctuary is an educational campus dedicated to bringing awareness to the environmental conditions and their effects on the earth's ecosystems. Our mission is much bigger than just caring for our furry friends; we believe that through education we can all have a positive impact on the environment!
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Renita E
Luverne, MN71 contributions
Emily was a great tour guide! Very cold and snowy morning and we were so glad they were open! It was great hearing the stories about the tigers and seeing them up close and watching them get snacks. 14 & 16 year old kids thought it was very cool too. Animals seem very well taken care of and loved.
Written 25 January 2023
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Trisha O
Nixa, MO1 contribution
Jan 2023
You will NOT regret going here! It's like 10000000% better than the zoo at seeing lions and tigers upclose, moving, playing, roaring, and eating. AMAZING!!!!! Worth every dime. My kids and family were in awe the entire time.
Written 3 January 2023
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Krista W
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
The feeding tour was incredible! It was amazing to get up close and personal with these majestic and beautiful animals! The people who work there are so dedicated to the cause and extremely knowledgeable which enhanced the entire experience for us. Highly recommended!
Written 6 December 2022
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Peggy K
Chesterfield, MO101 contributions
Nov 2022
This was my third time visiting the Tiger Sanctuary and it was as amazing as always. Our tour guide, Emily, was very knowledgeable. She had a lot of information and background on each of the big cats that we saw, and she was able to answer all of our questions. It was very cold the day we went but that turned out to be good. I've never seen the tigers with so much energy. They thrive on cold weather. It's obvious that these animals are very well cared for. It's very safe, the cats are behind 2 fences, but you can still get close enough to get some good pics through the fences. This is a must see when you're in Branson.
Written 16 November 2022
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Herb
4 contributions
Nov 2022
We came across this place serendipitously on the way home from a vacation in Branson, MO. I was impressed with what they were able to do for big cats that had no other home. The staff give the cats a life that is better than at some smaller zoos I've seen. We were not there during any of the official tours but were allowed to wander around and take pictures of the animals. This is not the Bronx Zoo, so expectations may have a lot to do with some people's experiences. The cats were in good shape and seemed contented. You can buy framed artwork created by some of the cats in the gift shop.
Written 6 November 2022
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Bigcat27
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Aug 2022 • Family
You pay to see what you would think is all of the big cats, but you only get to see a handful! I thought this would be the highlight of my vacation but it was silverdollar city witch wasn't that great. We upgraded from the awareness tour to the feeding tour and pretty much was swindled out of $30 for the same tour and was ushered out of the tour as soon as the guide was finished telling us about approximately 8 cats, for the prices that are required they have to do better, or that Sanctuary will be extinct.
Written 14 August 2022
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SlyC830
Fenton, MO248 contributions
Amazing gem of a location. So perfect for learning about caring for wild animals that have been rescued from various conditions. We have been here twice... once as a general tour and this time as a behind-the-scenes tour, and each time has been amazing. I would go here yearly if I could. My teenagers thoroughly enjoyed themselves also.
Written 24 July 2022
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MDH
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Mar 2022 • Friends
This is a worse than a zoo. The animals are kept in small, unnatural enclosures and a real “sanctuary” wouldn’t let you feed raw chicken to hungry animals (they were forced to “show up” for food in their past lives too…horrible).

Tigers LOVE the water in the wild yet these poor guys can’t even get a shallow pool put into their enclosure. The smaller cats are in cramped enclosures where they are so stressed that they continue to pull out their own hair (the handlers say that’s from their past circumstances, yet many of the cats have been there for years)….odd to me.

Anyway, if this establishment is truly for animals “best interest”, they should really invest in some enrichment for these poor souls who could use a little extra love after what they’ve been through.

Please stop letting the public toss chicken wings at them…similar to tiger cub letting…it’s unnatural and cruel.

If you need a true sanctuary to compare to, look up PAWS (Performing Animals Welfare Society). They also rescue big cats. Read about how they spend their money and how their animals are treated. Startling comparison.
Written 27 May 2022
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Mark G
Saint Louis, MO1 contribution
Apr 2022
Great tour for a great cause. The animals were awesome and so well taken care of, coupled with an outstanding staff made for a wonderful experience for my wife and I. Hope to return soon. Mark and DIana
Written 6 May 2022
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NANCY B
Champlin, MN2,888 contributions
Apr 2022
Excellent tour provided by Sa'Dia. She was so informative and provided so many facts and details about each and every animal at the sanctuary. It was truly a great experience and I hope to visit again. This was my 3rd visit in less than 2 years.
Written 5 May 2022
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