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Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, Tyler

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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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  • 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 »
  • I really enjoyed getting to see all the beautiful and magnificant cats and animals in the sanctuary. The zoologist who guided me through told me the history of each animal. Some were rescured from...  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.

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