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Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, Tyler

#4 of 9 in Parks in Tyler
Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides a forever home for unwanted big cats. We currently have 38 cats of 7 different species in our care. We were founded in 1995 by our parent foundation Tiger Missing Link Foundation. Our first tiger, Sammy was rescued in 1997 and we officially opened to the public in 1999.

We are open Monday thru Sunday 10am-5pm (weather permitting). ** our last tour starts at 4pm, please arrive no later than 4pm. (Visit our website at for our holiday closings) Our educated staff and interns give guided, walking tours through our facility. Each cat has their own story of how they came here to Tiger Creek. Any and all questions are welcome. The tour generally lasts 30-45 minutes. After the tour is over, our guests are welcome to hang out and enjoy the cats on their own. Many people develop a liking for a particular cat and enjoy going back to visit with them. Picture taking for private use is welcome. We also have a gift shop and outdoor picnic area. The refuge is available for school field trips and group outings.
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  • Love this place and the animals! Came here in June with my wife for a tour. Best tour guide EVER, Kayla King. She knew so much about each animal made the tour so interesting! Would recommend her, the....  more »
  • Really loved seeing the Tigers, Lions, and other assorted animals up close. We had time between lunch and Check in time and wanted to do something that was fun without being overwhelming. This...  more »
  • The site is easy to find, marked well. We had a guided tour and he was very knowledgeable and was passionate about his internship. The facility was clean although there was some smell. My biggest.....  more »
  • A wonderful place to visit if you love big cats. It's a walking tour that is in a beautiful area. The cats are very well taken care of and loved.
  • So much fun and very informative. Great for any age. The tour was wonderful and worth every penny to help the big cats.
  • I brought friends here and the animals look cared for, with natural behaviors encouraged. The staff was phenomenal and even met Mr. Bryan the owner checking things out. The staff love and respect these animals and no one was ever rude. They continue to make improvements to the site and more is planned. These cats were mostly placed here because people couldn't care for them. Wild animals are NEVER intended to be pets. Tiger Creek gives these animals love and safety. It isn't intended for our comfort, the money goes for animal care which is more important than nice bathrooms .
  • Amazing experience. We were there right before lunch, and about half the big cats were walking around. Very peaceful to walk around, and most places have shade.
  • Same price for a guided tour or self guided. Recommend the guided. Each guide is different. Animals tend to be more active during the cool part of the day. They have an amazing set up that u get to get close to the animals and see the real size, if they choose to be near the fence. My sons (10 yo and 22 months) are always impressed with Max the lion. After going the second time, we decided we needed a annual membership. It is expensive but if u think of how much meat each one eats each day it helps.

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