National Tiger Sanctuary Branson, MO

518 State Hwy BBSaddlebrooke, MO 65630
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Explore the diverse campus of the National Tiger Sanctuary, a non-profit tiger sanctuary Missouri facility near Branson. Built to ensure the well-being of tigers and exotic and domestic animals, this sanctuary offers an array of experiences to foster a love for nature in the hearts of visitors. Take a tour and learn their stories while giving back to a great cause.

up to 1 hrs

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 three feet away.
  • Located a short drive north of Branson.
  • Tours are approximately one hour and cover a distance of 1/4 mile.
  • Dress for the weather forecast as tours are outside and happen rain or shine.
  • Wear your walking shoes.
  • Non-profit facility.


from National Tiger Sanctuary
Take a walk on the wild side at the National Tiger Sanctuary (NTS), a big cat rescue near Branson, Missouri. Engage in an unforgettable experience while giving back to a great cause with one of the National Tiger Sanctuary tours.

NTS is a non-profit rescue facility for exotic and domestic animals, including white and orange tigers, lions, mountain lions, leopards, primates, cats, and dogs. Learn their stories, see their personalities, and gain an understanding of the sanctuary's mission and what they do to improve the lives of the animals in their care.

This educational campus is dedicated to bringing awareness to environmental conditions and their effects on the earth's ecosystems. Their mission is much bigger than just caring for their furry friends; they believe that through education, we can all have a positive impact on the environment!

Photography and questions are encouraged. Visits are by guided tour only so the cats can rest.

National Tiger Sanctuary Reviews

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Joe Hess
Highland, IL
12 Reviews
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"Bait and Switch"
June 2024 NEW
We went there with our tickets from Tripster. When we checked in the lady asked if we would want to upgrade to the feeding. Witch we did. Well that didn't happen. When we asked about it after the tour. It was a completely different story from what we were told. So the money was lost!!! We didn't get what we paid for!!!!! This is not the first time hearing this!!! Beware!!!!
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Tip: Watch ad ons, make sure your getting what you pay for!!

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Tripster Customer
Saint Peters, MO
1 Review
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"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
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"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
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"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
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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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Frequently Asked Questions about National Tiger Sanctuary

Where is the National Tiger Sanctuary located?

The National Tiger Sanctuary is located at 518 State Hwy BB, Saddlebrooke, MO 65630, just a quick drive from Branson, MO.

How close can I get to the tigers?

All guests safely view the tigers from three feet away.

How many cats will I see on a National Tiger Sanctuary tour?

The number of big cats depend upon the tour selected. - Awareness tours have the opportunity to meet up to 10 cats from 2 species. - Feeding tours have the opportunity to meet up to 12 cats from 4 species.

What should I wear during my visit to the National Tiger Sanctuary?

The tours are outside, so please dress for the day’s forecast and wear comfortable walking shoes.

How long is a typical tour?

National Tiger Sanctuary tours are approximately one hour and you will walk approximately 1/4 mile during that time. There are benches to rest along the path.

Can I bring a stroller/wagon or walker/wheelchair?

Yes. However, some will have better mobility than others on the gravel pathways. Wagons that can be pulled behind typically perform better than strollers. Power and power-assist chairs do very well! Traditional walkers are not recommended. Mobility scooters are welcome or can be rented for $5.00.

Are the tours outside?

Yes, and the tours operate rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Can I pet a cat?

No. Out of a healthy respect for the large carnivores in their care, at no time will there be an opportunity to hold, touch, or pet any of the cats.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, if they are good canine citizens as outlined below you may bring your dog. - Service animals are welcome on all tours - Companion animals are welcome on our walking tours but are prohibited on our riding tours. - Good canine citizens do not bark or bite, jump on other guests, or antagonize our cats. - Dogs who are unable to remain good canine citizens will be escorted, with their human, back to the gift shop.