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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Rednecktravelin123
"So cool"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2018 NEW
This is an awesome place. It is just unfortunate there is a need this type of place. All but four of the big cats are rescues. They can tell you about the four that are not rescues. The tour is great. We did the “you feed” tour, not sure I would do that again. It’s more interesting watching the staff feed the animals. The stories of where the animals came from is both interesting and sad. The staff are very friendly, they look like they really care about the animals. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about all the different big cats. Definitely want to come back.
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Shelly H
"Second Visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2018 NEW
I did the You Feed Tour last year and loved it so much I went back on the 4th of July this year and did the Behind the Scenes Tour! LOVE this place! The cat's--and other creature's--well being is top priority. These magnificent animals have been through a lot before coming to NTS. Most from horrible situations of abuse and/or neglect. They no longer have to worry about anything but being the wild animals they are. National Tiger Sanctuary is a worthy cause to support. You can donate, purchase goods from their store, buy items for them from their Amazon wish list, do a tour and adopt a cat! I adopted Harry the tiger last year and Madison the tiger this year!! Visit and do a tour, you will not regret it! The tours are very educational and informative. I'll be going back again some day!!!
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mousitch1
Columbia, Missouri
"In the Branson area? Kids or a couple? Do this."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 30, 2018 NEW
Wow. Didn’t know what to expect but found out quick. Great people and awesome animals. Do the “feed tour” and thank me later. Amazing animals and all the proceeds go to feeding and keeping these animals with a home after. I’m hard to impress and I had a great time. Ask my wife! Kids will love this!
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jaika05
Waynesville, Missouri
"Must go visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 25, 2018 NEW
Amazing Amazing Amazing! My husband and I went for our anniversary in June 2018 and had a blast! Do not let the name fool you! We say tigers of all species, lions, a black jaguar, a puma, a wolf mix, a snake, a pig, and lemurs. We did the you feed tour which comes with a very cool T-shirt. Please spend money here, all the money goes back into the care of these amazing animals! The animals seemed happy unlike the cats at promised land zoo, which we also visited the next day. I could see a difference in their demeanor. Don’t get me wrong, I think PLZoo tries but enclosures are small there. So please go to National Tiger Sanctuary and check out this very private organization who help these animals in retirement!
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Rick H
Saint Louis, Missouri
"Awesome!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 24, 2018 NEW
An amazing place with an outstanding mission. Great to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures! Highly recommend!
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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.