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Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge

17544 Hwy 14, Tyler, TX 75706
(903) 858-1008
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Ranked #10 of 20 attractions in Tyler
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Zoos
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

It was good experience Not that many tigers though May be about 15ish Worth seeing once .............................

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Emily W, Director of Marketing at Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Happy1901, we have 27 tigers. There are 37 residence total! The other 10 are comprised of lions, cougars, and bobcats. Did you complete the guided tour? More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Please go there and visit and you are given a tour. The staff know all about the animal where it originated who previously owned it and about the characteristics of each individual animal. They are working at building bigger caged areas for them so donations are greatly appreciated. Before you think about getting on the internet and purchasing a baby... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Took my college kid to see the tigers. Too difficult to maneuver a manual wheelchair on the grounds since it isn't paved. Also couldn't make it up the incline. Decided to leave, but did get a free pass to return when I am able to get around. Looking forward to returning and hoping to enjoy the facilities.

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Magnolia, Texas
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107 reviews 107 reviews
32 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I made a special trip to Tyler to see the refuge and was very sad when I left. Sad for the big cats and their background stores and sad to see that some of the animals are still caged and displayed for mostly public amusement, not education. The facility is easy to find, but you have to negotiate a winding... More

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Glendora, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This place is about 3 minutes drive from Tyler State Park. What I like about this place is that they have an attendant in every "station" whom you can ask questions and they are very knowledgeable and friendly. This place is also clean and doesn't reek of animal litter and it sits in the beautiful countryside.

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Pearland, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A favorite of our trip! Huge collection of rescued big cats. I was amazed at how close we could get to them and still be safe! The staff was friendly and well-informed about their animals. They even talked about this like family pets. Cats were beautiful! They are expanding their facility and this will be even better as they finish... More

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Longview, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Tiger Creek is easy to find and worth the trip. This was our first time to visit and we weren't disappointed. Guided tours are included with admission and we were delighted. We got to hear the stories of all the big cats that are at the refuge. The tour guides were well informed both about the individual cats and the... More

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Dallas area
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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We spent a warm winter afternoon here today and had a wonderful time. This was our first visit and didn't know what to expect but came away very satisfied. The big cats (mostly tigers) are in fenced enclosures and there is a fence perimeter that keeps you from touching the enclosures that contain the animals. In some places the perimeter... More

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Alta Loma, California
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41 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Wonderful place for large cats that are unable to be released in their own habitat. There were several varieties of Bengal Tigers, Lions, Puma, Siberian Tigers, Bobcats, even a beautiful white Bengal Tiger that was absolutely regal looking. They are in the process of building larger enclosures that are more like their natural habitat. Guides walk through the Refuge and... More

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Tyler, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Just a short drive into the piney woods from Tyler is a big cat animal sanctuary--Tiger Creek. It is a facility that currently provides shelter for 37 cats--mountain lion, leopard, tiger, lion, bobcat. Some of these animals were abused "pets", some were at facilities that closed, some were trained for the circus and some are rare genetic colors that are... More

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