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.

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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
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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
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"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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beattiemusic
Jewell, Iowa
"A National Treasure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 12, 2018 NEW
While visiting Branson, we traveled the short distance to the National Tiger Sanctuary and are so glad that we did! Our time and money was well worth it and we truly admire their care and respect for the animals. Our tour guide was personable and informative and we practically ran out of phone data with all the pictures we took! We will plan to visit again in the future and are pleased that our admission fees for the "You Feed Tour" were a help to support the good work of this wonderful animal refuge. Five Stars and highly recommended!!
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Kaeri R
Centralia, United States
"Highlight of our Trip!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2018 NEW
We decided last minute to stop in at the sanctuary. This place was absolutely amazing. It's obvious that the well being of the animals is the number one priority of the sanctuary. My 8 year old son loved it more than I could have imagined. It ended up being the only thing on our visit that he still talks about. We can't wait until we're able to come back by so we can do another tour.
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Victoria D
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 07, 2018 NEW
We were looking for something fun to do in the Branson area for the day and came across a Groupon offer for NTS. The reviews on Groupon were stellar so we figured we give it a shot. We arrived to the NTS for check in and the guide suggested paying a little more for the next tier tour, which we did. We were NOT disappointed! We got to see a number of big cats and got to see them eat some "treats" aka chicken legs/wings. Our tour was nearing feeding time so it was humorous to see these huge cats act kind of like house cats who are waiting to be fed. We learned about the history of each cat we were introduced to and even got trivia about each breed. This place is a true sanctuary and they treat their animals with a lot of respect. The mountain lion was over weight due to being a little too well taken care of haha. If we ever make it to Branson again we will definitely make our way to the NTS to see these beautiful cats again!
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dougmendoza
Chesterfield, Missouri
"Many majestic (and loved) big cats at a place doing a great service"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2018 NEW
Just a few easy minutes outside Branson, MO, this place provides a sanctuary (yes, it's in the name) for big cats that were formerly pets or otherwise privately owned by small "zoos", etc. You are right up next to their enclosures, separated only by a double fence with about three feet between the fences. We took the "You Feed" tour, and saw about 15 cats, in groups of singles, pairs, and four young lions. All the enclosures allow a pretty good free range, and all the cats have a home for life. There was a jaguar, a mountain lion, and then a number of lions, orange tigers, and white tigers. I would recommend the feeding tour, where you get to see more animals and are right there when they are fed frozen chicken parts. It is only $35 vs. the shorter and no feeding $25 regular tour. However, I don't think the You Feed tour is worth the extra cost. I believe it was $60 and sounds pretty cool. But you are just placing two chicken pieces in a tube and then pushing it with a plunger from about eight feet away. You do also get a T-shirt and a nice 8x10 photo of your favorite cat, so there's that. I'm not upset about the You Feed tour, just being honest. The place and staff are doing such a great thing that I can't fault them. The tours run about an hour, and the staffer that took us around told very interesting and often quite sad or heartbreaking stories about each cat. It's a fantastic experience, too, that you will be glad you did.
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Karen W
Kalamazoo, Michigan
"As "Tony" would say: "Its Grrrrrrrrrrrreat!""
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 06, 2018 NEW
Had a fascinating experience! Learned alot about the big cats. Loved being up close to them and realizing how big they really are. Feeding was neat too. Well worth the visit. Also, they provide transportation to folks who are challenged by walking 1/4 mile on rocky, slightly hilly terrain. Highly recommend. Plan to go back again some time.
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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.