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

9 Reviews
Jason Chase
Union, MO
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Educational and enjoyable"
August, 2018
The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, the animals were beautiful and definitely well cared for and the knowledge you gain on the tours us very eye opening about what these poor amazing creatures have endured. DefinItely worth the money and will go back again.
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Tip: There is walking involved on the tour so wear comfortable shoes and get there beforehand so that you can enjoy the animals in the waiting area.

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14 Reviews
"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
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.
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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
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.
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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.
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Tip: wear walking shoes

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jaesmith2018
"A Sanctuary worthy of "King of the Jungle"!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2018 NEW
This was my 3rd time visiting NTS. I found a brochure a year ago in the hotel lobby and decided to try it out. I've never been to a big cat sanctuary, so I didn't know what to expect. I did the feeding tour and fell in love with this place, all the wonderful tigers, lions and other exotic animals. This year, I made two trips; behind the scene and day with the director. For me, it is well worth the money. I know that as a non-profit organization, every penny they earn goes to enriching the lives of these magnificent creatures All these animals have such tragic histories of abuse and neglect, all in the name of profit. NTS took them in, cared, fed & nurtured them back to health. They give these animals the chance to be "WILD" as they were meant to be. They are a no touch/no breed facility and take excellent care of these cats. Every volunteer/tour guides I met are majoring or have majored in wildlife. They are very knowledgeable and love their job. They have to love what they do because they get paid almost nothing to do some very hard work - cold/hot/rain/snow/freezing - they are out there touring, feeding, prepping, cleaning, raking . . . Bring your camera, your dog, your kids; they will all have a blast.
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Randi B
Coffeyville, Kansas
"What is an awesome place!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 25, 2018 NEW
Having been to Branson many times in the past years, I thought I knew most of the attractions in the area. I was wrong. Our daughter discovered the National Tiger Sanctuary on a google search and convinced us to go there. It was phenomenal. The animals that have been rehomed there are so fascinating. The enclosures they are housed in are adequate for movement and exercise. The animals seemed to trust the employees. The employees are quite knowledgeable and told use about the animals in general and about each animal individually. The history of some of the cats was tragic - who the hell keeps a cougar as a pet? - but the sanctuary is working hard to make each animal as comfortable as possible. I was very impressed with everything I saw. I congratulate this facility on good work to right some wrongs done by others.
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TnHobbit
"Great!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2018 NEW
Thoroughly enjoyed our visit at the Tiger Sanctuary! The employees obviously care deeply about the animals and are informative about the cats. The tour was great with very intelligent guide! Jacey welcomed us and was extremely helpful in understanding how the sanctuary works and the tour options. It is sad we have to have these types of facilities but they are necessary. They have some other animals besides cats including Lemurs and even a Boa. Highly recommend a visit when in the area.
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alyssaschnell56
Chattanooga, Tennessee
"This place is AMAZING "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 21, 2018 NEW
We got the feed tour which was well worth it to all the animals get so excited for food! The staff was super friendly, personable, and very knowledgeable about all the animals in their facility. The animals seem happy in their environments as well. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the area and will definitely be back in the future!
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JimO1118
"What a great place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018
Took the feeding tour and it was a blast the staff was very knowledgeable and informative. The Big cats a sure the stars of the show to hear there stories was preset neat From show animals to personal pets hat got to big !! If your looking for something different to do while in Branson check this place out !!
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National Tiger Sanctuary is located at 518 State Hwy BBSaddlebrooke, MO 65630
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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.