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Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

#4 of 38 things to do in Tyler Features Animals
17552 Fm 14, Tyler, TX 75706-2300
+1 903-858-1008
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10 year anniversary trip

We took the special behind the scenes guided tour. Well Worth it. The big cas are spectacular... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sara S
A wonderful day out of the city

This is a great place to view wildlife up close. The first part of the park are their older cages... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ciara A
Dallas, Texas
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Welcome to Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, international home to over 37 rescued big cats. Come meet these majestic animals, learn about the feline species known as Panthera Tigris and find out how you can help to ensure their future in the United States and worldwide.We started Tiger Creek for a very specific purpose: "To provide rescue and rehabilitation of big cats that have been abused, neglected or displaced."It continues to be our guiding mission, and as we continue to expand, we are working to establish large natural settings for the big cats.
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17552 Fm 14, Tyler, TX 75706-2300
+1 903-858-1008
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the special behind the scenes guided tour. Well Worth it. The big cas are spectacular & clearly loved & well taken care of. It's a larger place than I thought it was. The gardens & grounds are also very pretty. Impressive, as the...More

Thank Sara S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to view wildlife up close. The first part of the park are their older cages which are very tiny. However, they are currently adding new cages and expanding their locations so the tigers and lions will have more space. They...More

Thank Ciara A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife has an obsession with big cats. No matter the species, she could sit and watch them for hours. After seeing Tiger Creek on TripAdvisor, I knew I'd have to take her. It's located just minutes from the Tyler State Park. Parking was abundant,...More

1  Thank Justin H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family visited Tiger Creek on a day when they happened to be celebrating autism awareness, so I'm guessing a typical day is more quiet visitor-wise. The big cats, mostly Tigers but also lions and others, were beautiful and looked very well cared for. One...More

Thank Bethany J
Reviewed 21 May 2017

It's an impressive sized park, and as the name indicates full of tigers and big cats. The staff is very friendly.

Thank sharrison0809
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This place is way different than the ordinary Zoo, you get a lot closer to the animals and can see them lazing around, playing or lounging in the water. There are so many different cats it's quite amazing. It is a walk thru that takes...More

Thank seasilvergirl
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

About 40 big cats, including 27 Bengal and Siberian tigers, 4 or 5 lions, a couple of pumas and some smaller species. Staff is very knowledgeable and dedicated to the animals. The habitats are spacious, giving the cats room to roam. If you think these...More

Thank fayesno1son
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I have taken my grandkids here. It is a great place to learn about each of the animals there and their stories of how they arrived at Tiger Creek. I love their heart for giving quality of life to these animals and educating everyone about...More

Thank TexasAngel63
Reviewed 10 April 2017

How often do you get the opportunity to be just a few feet away from beautiful tigers and lions? Usually when you go to the zoo, they're always hiding and you can barely see them. Not here! We took the guided tour and the tigers...More

Thank SRW_TX
Reviewed 6 April 2017

They have LOTS of cats! Would recommend the guided tour, as it is the same price as the non-guided and you get a lot more insight and facts about the cats.

Thank Megan W
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Tracy S
What is the best time of season and time of day to visit the park to see the cats at their most active?
3 March 2017|
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Response from trudy n | Reviewed this property |
Tracy, the park is small but growing. The some of the Cats are active most of the time. Just come and enjoy!
My parents are in their mid80's. Is it an easy walk? About how far? Resting areas if they need to sit a spell? Even ground?
9 September 2016|
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Response from Lindsay B | Reviewed this property |
It's got areas to rest for sure but there are some hills so I could see how that might be difficult for older people. If the temperature is right then it should probably be ok. Just might need some help getting up and down... More
Opened Sunday?
12 June 2016|
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Response from St_matty | Reviewed this property |
These are the only dates it is closed Closed on the following holidays New Year's Day Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday Memorial Day Independence Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Holiday (closed Thursday) Christmas... More