Cool Cats in Branson, MO

National Tiger SanctuaryCheck out these fun cat themed spots in Branson. Even these will put a smile on Grumpy Cat’s face!

National Tiger Sanctuary

The National Tiger Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that rescues and cares for 18 very large wild cats. The sanctuary is home to all kinds of animals from Bengal tigers to mountain lions, African lions to domesticated house cats, and black leopards to Great Pyrenees dogs. The owners, Keith Kinkade and Judy McGee, are simply obsessed with taking care of animals. The duo opened the sanctuary’s doors in 2011 with just 7 tigers and a few house cats. In just a few years, the sanctuary has grown to accommodate almost 3 times the amount of large cats and a host of domestic animals. Their goal is to educate the public on the danger, beauty, and how to protect these majestic animal’s environments. The cats are not trained to do tricks; they are simply brought to the sanctuary to enjoy their life. Visitors stand only 3 feet away from the tigers when visiting the sanctuary, which is much closer than any zoo. Don’t worry though, it’s very safe. Each habitat features flexible 16 foot fencing that keeps the heavy tigers from climbing out. Each cat has its own cage with plenty of space to exercise, play, and eat. The staff does not go in the cages with the animals and stresses that although these animals are capable of affection and love toward others, one must remember that these large cats are also capable of hurting humans. They each have a distinct personality and the sanctuary’s workers strive to learn everything about each animal in order to help them lead happy and comfortable lives. The sanctuary keeps and cares for their animals for life so it’s very important to develop this bond of trust. These beautiful creatures are absolutely breathtaking. The National Tiger Sanctuary is well worth a visit on your next Branson vacation. For the sanctuary’s hours and ticket prices, visit our website.

Cat’s Pajamas

Although, these guys are not actual cats, they are exactly like their name suggests – the “Cat’s Pajamas.” It’s an a cappella group comprised of 5 guys – Brian Skinner, Brad Baker, Nathaniel Adams, Mike Hilliker, and Nate Mendl – who make all of their music with their mouths! Formed in 2005 by Skinner and Mendl, the 5 members got their start when they entered an Oreo Cookie Jingle competition in 2005. The jingle garnered them notice from Celebrity Cruise Lines and they spent the next few years at sea performing 40 weeks out of the year. In 2009, after three years of performing on cruise ships, the group decided to move to the “Live Music Show Capital of the World” – Branson! It wasn’t long before they began performing more than 200 shows each year. The energetic group performs at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre. At their show, you’ll hear old time favorites, classic songs, original tunes, and today’s popular hits including “Love Potion No. 9,” “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” “Only You,” “Meet Virginia,” and many more! Pick up your tickets to this one-of-a-kind show on our website.

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Comments

  1. i would so love to see the bigcats

  2. I went to the national tiger sanctuary not too long ago and it was simply amazing to see these large cats up close, I highly recommend going to see their feeding, it is worth it!

  3. I loved all the detailed information in regards to the habitat they place the tigers in. It lets me know that they are safe and well cared for. Its nice to know there are people out there that provide care such as judy and keith. With all the all complete information regarding all the things the customers are able to do, makes me jump up and down wanting to go at the next open day I have off. I love animals, especially cats, even if they are wild cats and not the common house cat most of us are used to seeing around each day.:)

  4. I love big cats! This would be so much fun! Great transition from the wildlife to performers!

  5. This is great information. I never knew this even existed. I hope I can get a chance to visit this Sanctuary one day. :)

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