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National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson, MO

518 State Hwy BBSaddlebrooke, MO 65630
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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.

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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.


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

7 Reviews
Karena Smith
shawnee, KS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
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.
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!
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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful animals!"
February, 2015
Glad we spent the time. These animals are just incredible to see up close and the Staff was helpful & knowledgeable.
Tip: Spend the extra $$ for the feeding tour.

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Kasey Wheeler
Claremore, OK
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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.
Tip: wear walking shoes

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Chet Tabor
Thibodaux, LA
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Cameron Park, California
"An absolute Must-See!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 23, 2017 NEW
Spending time with these beautiful big cats was a wonderful experience! Some of their stories were heartbreaking but the sanctuary does an amazing job of healing these beautiful animals and giving them a great life. I took the "You Feed" tour option and was able to feed two tigers. It was great. There are several tour options with varying prices but paying for the tours goes to caring for these amazing big cats so it is worth it. They have tigers, lions, leopards and mountain lions. Be sure to visit this wonderful place!
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Muskogee, Oklahoma
"Day with the director "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 13, 2017 NEW
We had an excellent time doing the day with the director for my husbands birthday! I know it is pricey but if you are interested in learning it is well worth the money! Not sure how well young kids would do with the all day event. We loved the way the tour was broken up throughout the day it moved so smoothly with no extended down time. Abby was a great guide so knowledgeable and informative!
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Florissant, Missouri
"An Absolutely Incredible Experience !!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 09, 2017 NEW
One of my wife's passions is tigers and the big cats.... I surprised her with a full Day with the Director tour for her birthday.... Wow, what an experience.... Abbie and her staff are the professors of big cat care.... Their mission statement and protocols have a simple, singular goal.... The health, well-being, and happiness of the cats is #1 priority.... All activity at the sanctuary is directed toward that goal.. This is a no-breed, rescue sanctuary which in the majority of cases, takes in cats that have been in abusive, deplorable situations that need medical attention and lengthy rehabs... The cats are just beautiful.... Regal, fast, vocal and huge... A couple pushing 400 pounds.... We visited just about all of them... I believe there are around 30 living there at this moment.... We fed a few of them using a pretty slick little channel and plunger system.... A highlight for sure... But the real meat and potatoes for me was the almost 2 hour sit down with Abbie where she explained in detail, the daily ops at the sanctuary.... Feeding schedules, portion size charts for each cat, what they look for in eating habits, meat types, supplementation, food donors, food transportation and storage, vet care, immunizations, medication types/dosage, common ailments, surgeries, anesthesia and darting, playtime and enrichment...It was a wonderful EDUCATIONAL experience.... These folks are doing it right for sure..... Thank you for an awesome day !!! We will be back for sure and support this organization financially and through word of mouth..... Highest Regards, Dave and Debbie W.
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Cindie G
Flint, Michigan, United States
"Beautiful cats"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 06, 2017 NEW
This is a place you should stop and see. They have cat's that have been in bad situations. They take great care of their cat's and are very knowledgeable. Definitely a place to visit and support
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Jamie M
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 05, 2017 NEW
My husband and I went for a day trip to see the tigers at the NTS. However, it was so much more as they have tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. We took the Behind the Scenes tour which we highly recommend. In addition to the basic feeding tour (where they are fed snacks), you get to see them eat a meal. This feeding is allows you to see some amazing close ups of the cats. Initially you may look at the cost an wonder if it is really worth it...IT IS DEFINITELY WORTH IT!!! This is a non-profit organization and they take very good care of these animals. The animals enclosures are very clean and allow for plenty of room for the animals. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and allowed time for all questions. This is by far one of the best attractions we have been to. So much better than the zoo!

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.