We visited The National Tiger Sanctuary on the last of our 3-day Branson vacation. We woke up bright and early, ate breakfast, packed up the car, and dropped by on our way out.
The tour was so informative and impressive. The care and concern for all of the animals they have is evident in all they do. We learned a lot and we felt good about being there. The website had left me with a good feeling, but I was still a tad apprehensive about this adventure. I hate when animals are abused or exploited and don't want to be a part of the problem. All of my fears were laid to rest as soon as the tour began.
There were lots of big cats available for viewing, but they got to choose if they wanted to come down and say hi. Our tour guide was very informative and welcomed any and all questions. It was very apparent to me that all of the animals are loved and their well-being is of utmost importance to everyone who works and volunteers at the sanctuary.
Some animal attractions can leave you feeling sad for the animals, but these guys seem to have it pretty good. While many of them started out in sad situations, the sanctuary has made it their mission to give these guys the best care possible and the bonus is that visitors get to learn about and admire these beautiful animals! Highly recommended for educational and entertainment factors and I hope to return again some day!
What you need to know:
Our GPS had no trouble navigating the area. There was ample parking and a nice gift shop with restrooms. You'll want to take advantage of the restrooms before your tour starts, because there aren't any along the way.
Planning is essential because they are only open certain days of the week and there are no self-guided tours available. Only so many people are allowed on each tour so make sure to plan ahead if you have several people in your party.
There are several tours to choose from including a tram tour! Choose this option if mobility is an issue for you or someone in your group. Otherwise there is a lot of walking on non-paved paths. Good shoes are recommended, strollers are not!
Tours are conducted rain or shine. No refunds are given for rain so be sure to take a poncho and old/waterproof shoes.
Pictures are allowed and leashed dogs are permitted on the tours.
Learn more about tigers here.
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