The National Tiger Sanctuary, located just north of Branson, not only provides precious big cats and other critters with a loving home, it gives the area one of its most fascinating attractions! Rescued tigers, lions, lemurs, and even domestic creatures enjoy an appropriate diet, playtime, companionship, necessary medical care, and ample room to roam, something vital to the health and well-being of these gorgeous animals. They’ve been rescued from homes, businesses, and even wandering the streets - loved, nurtured, provided the opportunity to socialize with other critters, giving animals that have been neglected, abandoned, or even mistreated an entirely new lease on life! Best of all, the Sanctuary loves to share these fabulous felines and their furry friends with other animal lovers!
You can enjoy outdoor tours of the National Tiger Sanctuary that are held rain or shine; you’ll learn about all the animals, their habits, what they like to eat, and a bit about their story. You’re welcome to take photos and experience safe interaction with the critters, keeping in mind that up-close-and-personal contact isn’t possible with every animal as many of them are still wild creatures to be adored and respected at a safe distance!
Additional Information/Helpful Hints
- The National Tiger Sanctuary is located at 518 State Highway BB in Saddlebrooke, a largely residential community just a few minutes north of Branson situated along Highway 65.
- There are a variety of tours available, including Feeding Tours and Behind the Scenes Tours.
- The Awareness Tours are regularly held at: 10:00AM, 12:00PM, and 2:00 PM. Feeding Tours are regularly held at: 10:00AM, 12:00PM, 2:00PM, and 4:00PM. Check in advance for specially arranged group visits, or any schedule changes around holidays.
- It’s recommended that you arrive 30 minutes prior to tour time - there is an optional introductory film that will enhance your experience at the National Tiger Sanctuary.
- Walking tours take between 45 and 60 minutes; it’s an approximately one-quarter mile (1/4) walk on a gravel path. There are benches along the route for resting.
- Electric scooters, strollers, and wheelchairs are welcome. The Sanctuary has a limited inventory of electric scooters available for rent; please reserve in advance of your visit.
- Still and video photography is welcome throughout the tour; you’re encouraged to share your photos and videos with the Sanctuary.
- Dogs accompanying tour guests are welcome, but must be leashed. Please don’t leave animals unattended in your vehicle.
- Smoking is permitted only in the parking lot in a designated area.
- Although they conduct safe “feeding tours,” there are no tours that include holding baby animals, as the animal professionals at the Sanctuary believe excessive human holding exposes the animals to germs, as well as disrupts the rest schedule that’s essential to the well-being of the animals.
Maybe you’ve seen them on television, in a big city zoo, performing in a circus, or pictured in books and magazines, but there’s nothing like experiencing these big exotic cats in an environment that’s as close to their natural habitat as possible - the type of atmosphere that gives these phenomenal creatures a home that allows them to not only survive, but to thrive and live a long, healthy, and happy life! Come on in and enjoy the very special and rare privilege of a precious peek into their loving home at the National Tiger Sanctuary, it’s an experience you’ll cherish forever!