National Tiger Sanctuary
National Tiger Sanctuary
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit, rescue facility that currently cares for a variety of big cats, including bengal tigers, lions, leopards, mountain lions. Visit our big cats from three feet away Wednesday through Sunday. We offer a variety of tours and educational programs. Photography and questions encouraged, National Tiger Sanctuary is an educational campus dedicated to bringing awareness to the 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!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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dianab725
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I took the Behind the Scenes tour on 5/29/21. It starts with an introduction to the cats that have no problem with the human interaction. We were given some chicken legs and thighs that we were able to feed them. They use a PVC tube with a pusher and you drop the chicken in and push it out to the cat. They eat them, bones and all. The tour guide gave us a lot of great information about the animals and their care, where they came from, and how long they live, etc. They answer your questions. Then. they had us pain some boxes and paper bags for Harry, one of the tigers. They use non toxic pain and make sure any labels are removed so that all that is there is cardboard and paper. This was for the enrichment portion at the end of the tour. After that, we were loaded on trams and driven to parts of the sanctuary that are not open to the other tours. We saw the cats that are more shy and don't like being around people so much. They mostly hid in their "bedrooms" or in the grass, although they were clearly curious and kept peeking out at us. Overall, we saw tigers, lions, a mountain lion, two black leopards, wolf hybrids, a boar hybrid, arctic foxes, potbellied pigs, two horses and a llama. The oldest tiger there is 19, the only one left of the original six that they started the sanctuary with. They usually only live into their early 20s in captivity, far less in the wild, so he was a pretty old guy but still handsome. At the end of the tour, we watched Harry detstroy our carefully painted boxes. :-D They allow dogs, and I brought my beagle/Jack Russell mix, although I'm not sure he enjoyed it, given that the lionesses seemed very interested in stalking him! Two of them even rushed the fence at him. One of the guys on the tour thanked me for bringing "bait" so they could get better pictures. :-)
Written 2 June 2021
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purpledazed
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you are in the Springfield or Branson area please go see and support this place! It was amazing and surprisingly they are dog friendly(however, if your dog acts like a jerk, please leave it home). The cats were very interested in the dogs. My dogs were scared of the lions and tigers (payback for picking on our housecat - I say haha). I think they have over 60 cats and other rescued exotic animals. You get much closer to the animals than you would a zoo. I really liked it and want to do the "behind the scenes" tour sometime in the future.
Written 3 January 2020
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Oc3anM0m
Frisco, TX119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Amazing place to visit during Corona scare. The walking awareness tour with guide is all outside in groups smaller than 10. You will touch nothing. The cats are BEAUTIFUL and powerful. Each of their stories will pull at your heart. I am so thankful for this sanctuary and the work they are doing. Our guide was super knowledgeable and all the big cats loved her. We had a Groupon but we upgraded $10 extra for the Awareness tour with feeding from guide. It was definitely worth it since the cats see that bucket of snacks and will walk over to the fence right next to your group so you can see them up close and personal. They are AMAZING! We were even allowed to bring our little old, calm dog with us on the tour.
Written 19 March 2020
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Dave
Saint Louis, MO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
We enjoyed the Awareness Tour and felt good about supporting this true sanctuary for these majestic yet menacing creatures. This is the closest I’ve ever been to such large tigers, and we were in awe of their beauty and size. Our guide was friendly and informative. It was a hot day so the 45 minute tour was just the right amount of time for us.
Written 28 June 2020
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beck'smom
Cedar Rapids, IA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
My husband and I took the open air tram tour. He has been to the sanctuary many times and still loved it. This was my first time visiting. The first thing I saw in parking lot was a llama. We later found out his name is Llama-Llama. The animals are bequtiful. The guide explained the stories behind each of the animals. The tour is very educational. I came away with a new awareness of what happens to animals who are bred for our entertainment. I am so thankful for this sanctuary, who rescues animals and gives them a safe home. I would encourage anyone to visit the sanctuary and take one of their tours.
Written 28 July 2021
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Karen F
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
We did a behind the scenes tour and it was well worth the cost! Not only did we get to go with a group on a feeding tour where we got to feed also. But then we had an additional tour with different guide and saw many of the other animals (tigers, lions, wolves to name a few). We learned the history of the animals on both tours. On the 2nd longer tour, we also got to see some of the big cats eat their lunch. Both guides (Ashley and Blair) were very informative and interesting. It is amazing how each of the animals is cared for individually, according to his or her personality. For example, one of the tigers ( I think it was Matula) liked to play 'stalk and chase' with Blair before she'd eat her snack! [ There was a tall fence between the 2 of them!]. I highly recommend this tour and the Sanctuary in general and will continue to support them in the future.
Written 6 September 2020
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Herb
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We came across this place serendipitously on the way home from a vacation in Branson, MO. I was impressed with what they were able to do for big cats that had no other home. The staff give the cats a life that is better than at some smaller zoos I've seen. We were not there during any of the official tours but were allowed to wander around and take pictures of the animals. This is not the Bronx Zoo, so expectations may have a lot to do with some people's experiences. The cats were in good shape and seemed contented. You can buy framed artwork created by some of the cats in the gift shop.
Written 6 November 2022
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LIZ G
Wichita, KS4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This was by far our favorite thing we did in Branson. Getting to be close to the animals was amazing. Feeding them is an incredible experience, pay the 15 bucks to upgrade and feed 2 animals. We got to hear to the lion caroling and learn all about them. We will be coming out again our next time we are in town
Written 19 March 2023
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Tammy K
Dripping Springs, TX109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
They have 40 tigers/lions at this time, and got to see many. It was a cold and rainy day, but the animals still showed themselves. We did the feeding tour, and got to feed the tigers through a pipe, but the beauty was watching the tigers take one bite through the chicken and be done with it.

Monkey's were funny, due to they are peeping toms when you go to the bathroom. I had one watch me the whole time, but they do have a message at the window informing you about the peeping tom.

This place is also pet friendly, you can take your pet on the tour as long as they don't disturb the animals. We had our dogs there, and got great photos with the tigers.
Written 6 November 2020
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Greg H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
I took my wife to do the awareness tour several years ago and she loved it so much that I took her back over the holidays to go on the Behind the Scenes Tour. It was the most expensive thing we did in Branson during our visit, but worth every penny. The entire tour lasted a little over three hours, and even though it rained for half of that time, my wife was enjoying herself so much she did not even complain. Being able to get so close to their big cats, and even feed them, was an experience we will never forget. It is hard to explain how beautiful and awesomely powerful these creatures are until you stand face to face with them. This tour also allowed us to see many other animals including pot bellied pigs, arctic foxes, hybrid wolves, and cats not visible in the other tours. We were so impressed with how these otherwise homeless animals are loved and cared for at the National Tiger Sanctuary. The staff is so knowledgeable and patient to answer all guest questions. Highly recommend!
Written 30 December 2021
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