Tigers are larger than housecats, smaller than whales, and about equal to six bags of sand, if you stack them carefully. See a sizable cat with this Groupon.
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- $10 for 2 tickets (up to a $20 value)
- $20 for 4 tickets (up to a $40 value)
- $60 for up to 10 tickets (up to a $100 value)
Learn about and view more than 40 rescued big cats, including Bengal tigers, bobcats, and leopards that reside behind two layers of safety fencing. Children aged 3 and younger are admitted for free.
Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
When the sun shines on the inky black coat of 8-Ball, an Asian leopard, you can see the intricate pattern of spots on his fur. What you may not notice are the scars on his neck, remnants of having been chained up in a pool hall by a former owner. When the owner could no longer keep him, 8-Ball was sent to a drive-thru safari park that was later shut down by the USDA. But all of that must seem like a faraway nightmare to 8-Ball, as he now enjoys the security, ample food, and medical care at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge. He is among the more than 40 big cats that have been rescued and rehabilitated, trading lives of abuse, neglect, and misplacement for environs that executive director Brian Werner calls a "living resort."
The facility is owned and operated by Tiger Missing Link, a nonprofit organization that Werner chartered in 1995. After diligent research, Werner and friend Terri Block began creating a big-cat sanctuary on a 25-acre property that Werner owned. They lived in a small cabin with no running water, heat, or air conditioning, clearing the land themselves and going door to door to garner support for the project. It certainly wasn't easy, but through the hard work of volunteers and some big-time press—including features on Animal Planet's 2007 Tiger Week and Good Morning America—the shelter's reputation and facilities continue to grow.
The refuge aims to raise visitors' awareness of the plight of large cats in the wild, and it plans to expand to add more natural habitats and observatories. Landscapers have even built a waterfall habitat where the tigers can exercise while trying not to puncture their plastic inner tubes. This feature may have been the favorite amenity for two of Michael Jackson's tigers that, according to a KLTV 7 story, have called the space home.
Our tour guide Hana was very easy-going and educational. The felines seemed very content, and we enjoyed watching them with water.lfredregill, TripAdvisor, 8/16/12
Great place to take the kids to see big cats. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the animals and their personal history.Robert K., Google+ Local, 11 months ago
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Bring an umbrella if the forecast is saying there may be rain :) ”
“Amazing experience, great guides!”
“This was a really nice, educational experience. A guide takes you through the habitats for about 30-45mins and gives great info on each animal.We went on tues, so...”
“This was a really nice, educational experience. A guide takes you through the habitats for about 30-45mins and gives great info on each animal.We went on tues, so they had just eaten and were all sleepy, the guide said thursday is a good day to go:)”
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