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 | 5 days ago
Short tour but cats are beautiful If you're looking for a large place to see lots of cats this is not the place but if you truly care about these animals and want to see rescued and gorgeous species then go here
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Very interesting trip Very knowledgeable guides
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Report | 16 days ago
Cool place. Lovely tour guide, Melody. It's small but there's plenty to see. Wish there were more photo options available. We had a nice time though.
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Wonderful facilities with a very knowledgeable and caring staff.
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It was great. Bring some water to drink so you can stay cooled off if you visit in the summer. They take excellent care of their animals. It was really neat to be so up close to them.
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Awesome Trip! Worth the trip!
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Bring at least one water bottle per person. Walking shoes and stroller or wagon for the little ones will help too..
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Wear sunscreen, tour guides are great and the cats are beautiful
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Awsome place go early and cool weather.
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Go before it gets hot. The cats are not active when it's hot.
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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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