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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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"Day as a Keeper tour (formerly day with a director tour)"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2020 NEW
The National Tiger Sanctuary is an amazing place to visit. You get up close to a lot of animals you might not have the chance to ever see that close otherwise. The animals are all rescues and very clearly well taken care of. The Day as a Keeper tour was a 6 hour tour that taught us everything from the animals history, the story of the sanctuary, feeding, animal care, enrichment, and much more. It was a wonderful day and worth every penny! Plus the money goes to help care for the beautiful animals that call the tiger sanctuary home. They have all kinds of different tours so whatever your price range is or time allowed, it’s worth it to go and see. This was my second time visiting and I know I’ll be back again. Thank you to our tour guide Sam. He was very knowledgeable and made the day a lot of fun.
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Dallas, Texas
"Great visit during COVID-19"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2020 NEW
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.
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Evansville, Indiana
"great place to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 08, 2020
very interesting, great seeing them in their habitats and treated so well. loved it, would go again.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 03, 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.
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Springfield, Missouri
"So close to so many lions and tigers"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019
The location is perfect! 100 acres nestled in the woods just north of Branson. You can get so close to the tigers and lions-it was remarkable! (about 3'). They are beautiful and were very active and friendly this beautiful Fall day. Our grandkids loved it!
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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.