Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

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17552 FM 14, Tyler, TX 75706 17552 FM 14, Tyler Directions
+19038581008
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Report | 11 days ago
Awsome place go early and cool weather.
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Report | 16 days ago
Go before it gets hot. The cats are not active when it's hot.
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Report | 18 days ago
We had a good time. Come at 10 am so you avoid the extreme heat. Will come back in Fall - most of the animals where either inside or sleeping. Needless to say, great place!
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Report | 20 days ago
Very pretty kitties. It was unfortunately too hot when we were there so the cats were resting but we got to get good views of most of them. The cats are very well cared for and the interns clearly enjoy them.
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Report | a month ago
It was super hot when we went (middle of June at 1:30pm), but it was fun! Loved seeing the big cats so close up! Only portapotties. only thing indoors was a small gift shop. There were vending machines outside.
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Report | a month ago
Go early in the morning, it gets hot by lunchtime.
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Report | 2 months ago
The only bad thing is our guide was not considerate of people with special needs. One man on walker missed her whole spill because she walked to fast. My husband is handicapped and I am hard of hearing so she talked while walking so I couldn't hear
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Report | 3 months ago
you should go early in the morning or late afternoon that is when the cats are most active like most other kitty cats they like to take cat naps during the heat of the day we really enjoyed our guided touguide was very friendly and knowledgeable
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Report | 4 months ago
Tiger Creek was great! Go early to see the cats active.
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Report | 4 months ago
What a GREAT PLACE!! This was fun and educational. They have been making a lot of updates to the tigers habitats. If you've never been you really need to go. If you've been, but it's been a while, GO BACK!!!
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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 began creating a big-cat sanctuary on a 25-acre property that Werner owned. He and his family 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.

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