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Tiger World, Rockwell

#7 of 15 in Zoos & Aquariums in North Carolina
Must see · Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
Tiger World is a different kind of Zoo. We are dedicated to the conservation and education of all threatened and endangered species. Our educational tours personally guide visitors throughout the preserve learning about each animal providing an individual hands on experience. You will see the animals in a natural setting and have the opportunity to observe them running, playing, swimming, eating, sleeping, and interacting with their handlers.

Our goal is provide the best environment in captivity for the animals while also providing a stimulating learning environment for visitors. The intimate setting is a great place to bring the family and learn about the animals up close and personally.

Tiger World is like a natural wilderness hike with pathways of rock and grass. Please consider this when bringing strollers or wheelchairs.

ACCESS North Carolina, a vacation and travel guide for people with disabilities recently listed Tiger World. We are committed to improving our facility and want everyone who visits to have an amazing experience.

Tiger World is one of a handful of accredited zoos in the nation that operates with NO TAX SUPPORT. We are a licensed and USDA Approved Facility and registered non-profit organization. We welcome all monetary, materials, food and service donations to help in our worthy cause. We depend on admissions, membership dues and donations for funding and helping care for our animals. Your support is critical to our future.
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  • My family has come to Tiger World three times. First time was for Father's Day, once for Mother's Day, and once with my in-laws and nephews. This is a great place to bring your young children. My...  more »
  • When planning what I would want to do on this trip I saw the prominent picture of the two tigers and I knew I had to come here. I love tigers and lions...I sell my images from my travels and the...  more »
  • Tiger World is my favorite place to visit! This facility truly cares about the animals welfare. You can see the high level of attention that the keepers provide. They offer animal encounters to help raise money and it goes right back to the animals. You can learn a lot by talking to the keepers, and watching them provide enrichment. We enjoy it so much that we visited 2 weekends in a row! I do recommend going as soon as they open in the morning because the animals are very active then.
  • I love the concept. They're taking in rescues and doing what they can to give them the best life possible. The enclosures seem adequate for the animals, with the possible exception of some of the primates, but I think they're being treated well. As for the guest experience, the general feel of the place seems a little run-down. The landscaping isn't really kept up and most of the fixtures are very old. The copious number of peacocks and geese means there's a lot of poop to dodge, so I wouldn't let a toddler wander too far away from you. But the result is that you get more up close and personal with most of these animals than you ever will at a traditional zoo. You can stand inches away from kangaroos, bears, all kinds of stuff, and they're all very well socialized animals. Overall, I think it's a good place. They're doing what they can with limited funds, and it's working pretty well for them. I think with increased popularity and some more cash flow, they could do a lot of things I imagine they'd like to do as far as upgrading the facility.

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