Just over an hour and a half from here, in Attalla, is a fantastic animal reserve dedicated to large cats, Tigers for Tomorrow. We’ve visited a few times and always have a blast. Tigers for Tomorrow is a non-pofit organization and is home to over 160 animals including tigers, mountain lions, African lions, wolves, black leopards and one hilarious bear.
This is one of our family’s favorite places to take guests when we’ve exhausted all the space and other activities in the Huntsville area, plus our kids just love going.
What to Expect at Tigers for Tomorrow
There’s a huge enclosed space near the entrance where a few of the tigers get to roam and play, and visitors will have fun trying to find where they’re hiding. It’s a good way to see how well these animals can camouflage themselves. Beyond this are the smaller habitats, where one of our favorite tigers lives, Cowboy. Cowboy is massive, with paws bigger than the kids’ heads. During one of our visits he was pacing in his enclosure, and it was incredible to see the sheer size of the animal’s features.
Further into the park are some of the lions. We were fortunate during a recent visit that they were extremely active and vocal. I’m not sure if it was because we were there during lunch time or what, but they were roaring quite a bit that day. It was a little scary because you don’t realize how loud lions are until you hear them nearby. I’d definitely not want to run across one of these in the wild. But, they were obviously talking to each other and seemingly in good moods.
More Than Tigers
My personal favorite animal in the park is not a tiger, but rather a bear. The bear, according to one of the staff members, is spoiled rotten and has a funny personality. His personality was on full display during our first visit where he kept rolling on his back in front of us, lobbing his head in all different directions and generally being a distraction to everything else going on. Lions would be roaring nearby and he’d just be rolling around his enclosure playing with a ball.
Tigers for Tomorrow is also home to cougars, wolves, and leopards as well!
You can easily spend 90 minutes to two hours in the park checking out the animals and asking questions to the numerous staff members who are there taking care of each one. We followed the food cart around for a short time and asked questions about what each animal likes to eat, how they feed so many animals, etc. They’re very knowledgeable and friendly.
- Attalla is about 1.5 hours away from Huntsville so be sure to make a day of it.
- Public bathrooms are now available on site, but they may not be easily accessible all around the park. Make sure those newly potty-trained family members go before walking to the rest of the park.
- There is no human food served on the premises.
- You can also book small group tours if you are looking for a unique family outing.
Tigers For Tomorrow Details
Address: 708 County Road 345, Attalla, AL 35954 (map)
Cost: Admission is $18 for adults and $8 for kids 4 – 11. Three and under are free.
Hours: Currently open Friday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. With select extended opening dates during Spring Break.
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Laura Barnard lives in Madison and is mom to a hilarious set of twins. When she's not sitting in car line or waiting for the bus, she's the owner of Sweet Tea Communications, a public relations, graphic design and website design company. Her family loves exploring, traveling, sports, music, and their family dog.