National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson, MO

518 State Hwy BBSaddlebrooke, MO 65630
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Overview

A not-for-profit rescue facility built to ensure the well-being of tigers and other exotic and domestic animals, National Tiger Sanctuary offers educational experiences for guests of any age to enjoy in Chestnutridge, Missouri, just 20 minutes north of Branson. The sanctuary lets guests choose from the Awareness Tour, the Feeding Tour, the Behind-the-Scenes Tour and the You Feed Tour.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Saddlebrooke Travel Experts
  • Behind the scenes and feeding tours available.
  • Animals include white and orange tigers, lions, mountain lions, and leopards.
  • View big cats from 3-ft away.
  • Short drive north of Branson.
  • Tour happens rain or shine.
  • Behind the scenes and feeding tours available.
  • Wear your walking shoes.
  • Non-profit facility.

Description

from National Tiger Sanctuary
National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit, rescue facility for exotic and domestic animals, including white and orange tigers, lions, mountain lions, leopards, primates, cats, and dogs. NTS is an educational campus dedicated to bringing awareness to 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! Visit our big cats from three feet away at 10 am, 12 pm, or 2 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Ask about special tours where you can go behind the scenes or feed the cats yourself! Photography and questions encouraged. By guided tour only so the cats can rest.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

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"Amazing Animals"
October, 2017
Beautiful scenery and amazing animals from dogs to tigers. My son loved the tigers the most.
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Karena Smith
shawnee, KS
1 Review
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"EXTRAORDINARY"
June, 2016
my family and i enjoyed a tour of the Sanctuary a couple weeks ago. I found it to be educational regarding so many captive lions and tigers around the world. People who want to gain profit or think its fund to have a pet. My children learned the value of keeping wild animals as pets and how endangered some of them are.
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Tip: its some walking not on flat ground so if thats an issue you might not want to go. its outside of course where it can be hot.

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Karsyn Batt
Tecumseh, OK
2 Reviews
"Very fun and exciting!"
February, 2016
We had a great time! The staff was very knowledgeable and able to answer any questions we threw their way. Seeing these animals up close made me and my husband speechless. My children were in awe that we were so close to them! Especially when Merlin was roaring at us! This is a MUST SEE!
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Tip: Pay the extra $$ for the feeding. You see more animals, and get to watch them eat.

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Jamie Tyler
Girard, KS
9 Reviews
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"Non-profit is a good cause, but site is a little misleading"
August, 2015
I researched this Sanctuary before attending. My husband and I attended one in Eureka Springs and we loved it!! So we thought our done would enjoy seeing th big cats also. This one not so much. The feeding your was a small walking tour, we seen 10 animals and while this is a non-profit organization the price was high for only seeing ten animals who were fed "snacks". "Snacks" consisted of small chicken legs or a small rib. The website states something like hear the cats crushing bones while they eat on the feeding your- so you think wow watch them eat a meal, only to find out that it is a snack. Very disappointing, but again for a good cause.
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Trisha Stogsdill
Lansing, KS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good information"
July, 2015
Very cool facts to learn, very cool to be up close to the animals.
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Rich Latham
Burleson, TX
3 Reviews
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"Beautiful animals!"
February, 2015
Glad we spent the time. These animals are just incredible to see up close and the Staff was helpful & knowledgeable.
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Tip: Spend the extra $$ for the feeding tour.

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Kasey Wheeler
Claremore, OK
4 Reviews
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"very cool experience"
January, 2015
Even though it's a little north of Branson, it's totally worth visiting! The animals are beautiful and staff was personable, friendly and did a great job of educating the kids while speaking at their level as well. If you enjoy going to zoos or animal preserves, then you will love this! You can tell the animals are well taken care of. will go again next time we visit Branson.
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Tip: wear walking shoes

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Chet Tabor
Thibodaux, LA
2 Reviews
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"This place is a must-see!!"
January, 2015
So we went here when it was 27 degrees, and despite the fact that we were FREEZING, it was one of the most beautiful places we had ever been. The Tigers and lions are both some astonishing animals! Would highly recommend this place to everyone traveling to the saddlebrook area.
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Gwen B
"Awesome Experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
I went to the tiger sanctuary yesterday for the "You feed" tour. I enjoyed it so much. I, however would have been equally as satisfied had I just done the basic feeding tour. I do wish I had been able to do the behind the scenes tour but wasn't able to be there at the time it started. I intend to go back for that tour in the near future. It was an extremely informative tour, our guide, Shelby, was very knowledgeable and eager too answer any and all questions. I was very impressed with the facility and how well cared for the cats are. Makes you feel good and confident that the money you pay is going to a great cause. It was quite an amazing experience seeing the very different personalities each cat has. You can tell the staff really cares for the well being of the animals as well as being very kind and gracious to the visitors. I went solo this time but will take my grandchildren next time. A great time for all ages and money well spent!
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Deanna B
Dubuque, Iowa
"Don't miss"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2018 NEW
What a wonderful way to get close and learn about the cats. Alexa was our guide and she was GREAT! She answered all questions and could tell you about each cat. We fed the cats. This may be expensive for a lot of us but really worth it I would say for 1st graders on up not to mention they get a t-shirt saying they fed a tiger. The fee also helps the nonprofit sanctuary take care of these cats that humans abused or abandoned to have a better life. A MUST SEE. Think it would be a great class project to adopt a cat.
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Patrick O
"A great experience."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 11, 2018 NEW
Went this past weekend with my wife and two young children. We have been coming to this region for the past 5 years. We have been to many attractions and this has to be one of the most memorable. Please do not let the price discourage you. Watching the cats is amazing and knowing the money goes toward their care makes you feel good. We saw all of the big cats being very playful and attentive. We were also luck to see the big lions walking around and roaring for us. Fun time.
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1stTamRan
Batesville, Arkansas
"Beautiful Cats"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 10, 2018 NEW
My family and I had a wonderful time at the Tiger Sanctuary. We did the Behind the Scenes Tour. It was an interest experience hearing the stories that brought the big cats to the sanctuary. You can tell that the staff cares deeply about their animals. The cats are beautiful and majestic and well cared for. If you are expecting some kind of circus performance then you will be disappointed. If you are expecting a close-up view of creatures taller than you, a learning experience, a chance to hear a “hello” growl, a chance to hear two male lions talking to each other, a lesson in the different personalities of the big cats (watch out if they raise their tails in your direction), then this is for you.
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Melissa E
Dubuque, Iowa
"One Of The Best Things To Do In Branson!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 25, 2018 NEW
My 13 and 8 year old sons and I enjoyed the National Tiger Sanctuary so much! There are more than tigers, and these big cats are so beautiful! Our guide was very informative regarding the cats, and we loved hearing all of their stories even though a lot of them were sad. Thankfully they all have a wonderful place to live now. Get away from all the bustle of Branson and see the cats!
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Frequently Asked Questions about National Tiger Sanctuary

How close can I get to the tigers?
All guests safely view the tigers from 3-feet away.

Are tours available?
Yes. Behind the scenes tours and feeding tours are available.

What should I wear during my visit to the National Tiger Sanctuary?
It is recommended that guests dress for the day’s forecast and wear comfortable walking shoes.

How long is a typical tour?
Guests will walk approximately 1/4 mile for the duration of a guided tour. The National Tiger Sanctuary has benches to rest at and electric scooters for rent. Tour guests are allowed to bring their own strollers, wheelchairs, electric scooters, and other means of personal mobility for the tours.

Is the tour outside?
Yes, and tours operate rain or shine. Dress accordingly!

Where is the National Tiger Sanctuary located?
We are located at 518 State Hwy BB, Saddlebrooke, MO 65630, just a quick drive from Branson, MO.