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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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+1 479-253-5841
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"With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine...

"With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest big cat sanctuaries in the United States. The non-profit USDA licensed refuge, founded in 1992, has grown to become one of the Top 10 attractions in Arkansas and the most popular in Eureka Springs. Lions, cougars, leopards, tigers, and bears are displayed in large natural habitats surrounding the main compound enclosures and gift shop. Each animal has its own story/history plaque for self-guided tours and over night accommodations are available via the Safari Lodge, RV park, and camping facilities. Guided tours available and popular daily feeding times are 4 p.m. (winter) to 5 p.m. (summer). The refuge is open year round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.."

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Must See!! If you love big cats and bears this is the place to visit. Truly an unforgettable place!!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Must See!! If you love big cats and bears this is the place to visit. Truly an unforgettable place!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved visiting this place to see all the big cats/bears, and a monkey! Because we went in the odd season, our guided tour was just the two of us with the guide. Made it fun and special!

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Thank Lauren B
Gurdon, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The animals, the staff and their purpose are all inspiring. Knowing how these animals lived and now to see them as they are actually living the good life, it touches your heart and hopefully you're pocketbook so they can continue making a difference!

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Thank Judy L
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed an afternoon at the refuge. Nice sanctuary for these cats (and bear). Nice to know there is a place for these majestic creatures that have been in unfortunate circumstances.

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Thank Michelle K
Little Rock
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a large animal sanctuary, home to many animals but mostly large cats. They have lots of tigers, several lions, and even actual ligers(lions bred with tigers). They claim to have bears but I didn't see any. They were all hibernating I guess. I like that they do not buy, sell or breed any animals. They are solely a... More 

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Thank Jeremy D
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This group is doing wonderful work for "homeless" large cats and other orphaned large wildlife. A joy to see these beautiful beast being taken care of this way. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

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Thank cecema
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our grandchildren to visit the refuge. The staff is wonderful. They love these animals and will give you lots of time and information about each tiger, lion, bear and other rescued animals.

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Thank CampbellHCC
Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The refuge is amazing! I was shocked to hear the stories behind these beautiful animals and how they came to be at Turpentine Creek refuge. All the animals are so cared for and loved there in their forever homes. We were there the week after Christmas. The staff had wrapped boxes with Christmas paper for each animal and were giving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The cats of course gorgeous and loved every minute of the visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come here every year! I love it so much and it's a wonderful thing what they are doing to help rehabilitate all the animals!

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