National Tiger Sanctuary in Branson, MO

518 State Hwy BBSaddlebrooke, MO 65630
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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.


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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

11 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Saint Peters, MO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Experience"
May 2019
The feeding tour was awesome, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and what they go through to help these animals is incredible!! So nice to know there are people in the world wiling to go all out to help these helpless and ill treated animals. Loved it!
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Tip: Bring a camera and wear comfy shoes :D

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Tripster Customer
Williamsburg, KS
6 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Very interesting"
April 2019
The staff was knowledgeable and friendly! They took time to answer all questions.
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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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Tripster Customer
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
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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Nashville, Tennessee
"Awesome experience!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2020 NEW
We chose to do the tram tour. It holds about 20 people. They drive you around their property where you can see all the tigers and lions. The tour guide was really sweet and knowledgeable. She would stop at each animal to talk about each one. It was an awesome experience and very cool thing to see!
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Woodland, Washington
"Fabulous "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2020 NEW
We took the team tour with our 5 and 7 year old grandsons. It was perfect and our tour guide was Amy. She was so helpful with our million questions. The animals looked well taken care of and happy. We were outside 2 sturdy wire fences but the tigers often seemed wonderfully close. Some were sleeping in the hot sun and just opened an eye. Lol
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TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2020 NEW
We did the tram tour. Not worth 80 bucks at all. 40 for 2 would be plenty. Our guide was funny and tried her best to get us the best views from the tram. The cats looked tired and many were not in our view. The enclosures also didn't seem as up to date I thought they wood. Did it once but probably never do again to to what u get for the price you pay..
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"It could not have been better."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2020
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.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
"It was great — not lion"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 28, 2020
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.
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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.