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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

7 Reviews
Karena Smith
shawnee, KS
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
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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Maryfrances W
Independence, Missouri
"Not What You Might Expect"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 25, 2017 NEW
I had hoped for more when I visited here. I found the entry fee to be quite expensive for what you see, and I was disappointed in how the animals were kept. They didn't have a lot of space, and they didn't look as healthy as they should be.
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sunandmoonblair
Bentonville
"Great experience."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2017 NEW
Had a lot of fun while learning so much about these beautiful animals. The cats all seemed happy and we'll adjusted, and we'll cared for. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and willing to answer questions, and would even admit if he didn't have an answer. The cats were beautiful and powerful, just being close to them made this experience amazing. I will be back, and I hope to see you there.
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unicornldh
Granite City, Illinois
"Awesome time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 24, 2017 NEW
Well worth the price. People well informed and friendly. Animals are well cared for and area is very clean. It was fun to feed them.
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Kristi T
De Soto, Missouri
"Awesome Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2017 NEW
The animals are beautiful. An experience you won't soon forget. Kind of pricey but worth it. Would be good for all ages.
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Tammy G
House Springs, Missouri
"Must do!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2017 NEW
So glad we went. We learned a lot and loved all the lions and tigers. We will definitely go back. We all highly recommend it. Even teenage boys loved it.

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.