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.

Reserve Branson Customer Reviews

9 Reviews
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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Reserve Branson 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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Rich Latham
Burleson, TX
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Beautiful animals!"
February, 2015
Glad we spent the time. These animals are just incredible to see up close and the Staff was helpful & knowledgeable.
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Tip: Spend the extra $$ for the feeding tour.

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Kasey Wheeler
Claremore, OK
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"very cool experience"
January, 2015
Even though it's a little north of Branson, it's totally worth visiting! The animals are beautiful and staff was personable, friendly and did a great job of educating the kids while speaking at their level as well. If you enjoy going to zoos or animal preserves, then you will love this! You can tell the animals are well taken care of. will go again next time we visit Branson.
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Tip: wear walking shoes

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Spartanburg, South Carolina
"Great Cause"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
I was on my way to Branson when I saw the sign for this place. I recently returned from a safari in Africa so I love big cats even more than before. I also know their habit is threatened and one day they may no longer be in the wild. I really try to support organizations like this one where the well being of the animals is the only goal. They are not in it for the $$$$$$ I wish that I could open a park just like this one. The animals seemed well care for and all of them seemed to be as happy as they can be without being FREE. It drives me crazy that people think they can keep exotic wild animals as a pet and they usually end up being killed or abandoned. Thank goodness their are people like this to rescue what animals they can. It was amazing to see the tigers from only a few feet away. The lions were cool too but after seeing them in Africa its kind of sad to see them in a zoo setting. Please stop by and support this great cause and hopefully you will fall in love with big cats like I have.
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"Wow & Beautiful!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2019 NEW
While in Branson my husband and I decided to go to the National Tiger sanctuary! We had already bought tickets to do the awareness tour and when we arrived we were informed that we could upgrade our tickets if we chose, to the “You feed” tour ..and so we did! My husband and I had a great time, learned lots of information and got to feed the Tigers! We will definitely be back so we can bring our kidos!!
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Newport, Rhode Island
"Lions, Tigers, and panthers oh my."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 14, 2019 NEW
I am not a great big animal lover, but this place touched my heart. We had such a wonderful experience. The staff was very nice and answered any and every question that we had.What this sanctuary does is so amazing. I love that we got to see the animals, I love that it was educational, and I loved most that the animals came first. This was such a wonderful experience. We will most definitely go back. Worth the price and worth the time! Only suggestion I would have for visiting is make sure that it’s not too cold or too hot when you go, and wear comfortable walking shoes.
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 27, 2019 NEW
These folks are doing amazing work. We were thrilled to get to see cats just being cats! We especially enjoyed getting to be so close to those magnificent creatures as they were being fed. So many of them have such tragic back stories, but they are living the best life possible for them now thanks to the care of their keepers and the generosity of their supporters.
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"A Sanctuary worthy of "King of the Jungle"!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 28, 2018
This was my 3rd time visiting NTS. I found a brochure a year ago in the hotel lobby and decided to try it out. I've never been to a big cat sanctuary, so I didn't know what to expect. I did the feeding tour and fell in love with this place, all the wonderful tigers, lions and other exotic animals. This year, I made two trips; behind the scene and day with the director. For me, it is well worth the money. I know that as a non-profit organization, every penny they earn goes to enriching the lives of these magnificent creatures All these animals have such tragic histories of abuse and neglect, all in the name of profit. NTS took them in, cared, fed & nurtured them back to health. They give these animals the chance to be "WILD" as they were meant to be. They are a no touch/no breed facility and take excellent care of these cats. Every volunteer/tour guides I met are majoring or have majored in wildlife. They are very knowledgeable and love their job. They have to love what they do because they get paid almost nothing to do some very hard work - cold/hot/rain/snow/freezing - they are out there touring, feeding, prepping, cleaning, raking . . . Bring your camera, your dog, your kids; they will all have a blast.
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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.