Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

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17552 FM 14, Tyler, TX 75706 17552 FM 14, Tyler Directions
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Enjoy the many exciting sites of Tyler's Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, TX, such as the close up views of zoo animals. For an affordable and entertaining adventure, visit the zoo today and enjoy some great animals.

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    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Report | 4 days ago
Very fun to see so many big cats! We went almost as soon as they opened so there was hardly anyone there yet. You can upgrade this if you would like for $5 per adult to have a guided tour. We didn't opt for that, but just so you know:)
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Report | 7 days ago
Only takes about 90 min to get through but oh so worth it! Especially if you go towards the end of the day. The animals start talking around 4:15.
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Report | 8 days ago
The refuge is very educational and captivating for all ages. The international guides add to the wonderful perspective you gain by visiting this unique place. Highly recommend it.
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Report | 23 days ago
Be sure and take the guided tour. You will want to hear all the stories about the Tigers and lions.
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Report | a month ago
Great place to take your family. All of the staff were very friendly. And all the amazing animals 💕
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Report | a month ago
Pay the extra $5 per person when you arrive at the park for the Guided Tour. It is well worth it and they are so knowledgeable about each specific cat and where they came from :-)
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Report | a month ago
Refuge is in nice rolling hillly area. Clean, neat and accessible. Enjoyed the tour. Definitely recommend the tour guide. Ours was pesonable, knowledgeable and certainly worth the $10.00 charge
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Report | a month ago
Great facility and the kids loved it!
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Report | a month ago
Good time. Bring your camera. You can get some pretty good shots.
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Report | a month ago
Very nice and clean. The kids loved it even tho some of the animals were sleeping and with not much energy. The porta potty is a must upgrade to regular bathrooms.
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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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