Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

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17552 FM 14, Tyler, TX 75706 17552 FM 14, Tyler Directions
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Report | 3 days ago
Unfortunately, we got there after the animals had been fed so most of them were sleeping. But it's pretty funny to see 300-pound-plus cats sleeping on their backs with their bellies exposed and their legs sticking up in the air like house cats!
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Report | 9 days ago
We arrived @ 2:50 pm on a Saturday, just in time for the tour. Our group consisted of 16 persons, larger crowd would of been too many. Some children where restless at that time. My husband and I will be returning for a day trip get away. Very relaxing and the Tigers are very worth seeing. Dress casual & comfortable, I took an umbrella and most said they will do the same next time.
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Report | 14 days ago
Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a camera!
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Report | a month ago
Great experience!
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Report | a month ago
Wonderful staff and facility. Love what they are doing.
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Report | 3 months ago
Bring plenty of water and go in the morning
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Report | 3 months ago
A great price for a great cause
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Beautiful place! Gorgeous cats! Wonderful people They offered a tour to teach us where the cats came from and how they are today They knew everything about the animals there You could tell they really loved and cared for the animals I highly recommend this place and I can't wait to go again
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Go in the early in the day or go at the end of the day for a better shot to hear the Lions roar!!! It's amazing!
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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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