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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
+1 479-253-5841
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WOW! MUST DO! MUST SEE!

This is about our 3rd visit and they continue to improve and expand their service to abused... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chuck L
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Florissant, Missouri
Worst site on our trip!

We are very glad that these animals have a refuge. When we visited they were all sleeping and there... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jcmorden
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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"With over 100 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 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 are available from 10am until 4pm (Summer) or 3pm (Winter). The refuge is open year round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.."
  • Excellent81%
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed yesterday

This is about our 3rd visit and they continue to improve and expand their service to abused animals. You get to see many up close an learn about their horrible history of abuse and see how they have cared for them. You will not be...More

Thank Chuck L
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Reviewed yesterday

We are very glad that these animals have a refuge. When we visited they were all sleeping and there really wasn't anything to see except a bear. Not worth the stop.

Thank jcmorden
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you love animals and hate animal exploitation, this place is for you. They rescue big cats (and a few bears) that have been exploited in captivity and provide them a much better life. Their passion comes through in everything they do. Keeper Talks and...More

Thank Bonnie S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is a must stop in Eureka. The bears. The cats. It is just a great stop for adults or kids. The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. So wonderful to see the animals being cared for thriving.

Thank Michelle P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were in awe of the kindness this place shows these poor magnificent animals ,and the people that donate food and the shelters for these animals are beyond approach ,If you want to see some beautiful animals and and people that love what they do...More

Thank jim F
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Jim F, Bam Bam wants to say, "Hello," and that it was very nice meeting you! Your kind words mean so much. We hope you'll get to come back and see Bam Bam and the rest of his friends very soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had such a great time here. It's a wonderful facility that gives a new lease on life to abused and neglected large animals. There are many tigers and lions, plus some bears, cougars, bobcats, leopards, and other species, and some poor lion/tiger hybrids who...More

Thank tripledip3
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

It sounds like you had an incredible time, tripledip3! Thank you for providing such a well-written, comprehensive review. People like you are the ones who allow us to continue our work by visiting and telling others about our mission. We actually hope there won't be...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When we visited Turpentine creek I was quite impressed as too how well the animals seemed to be taken care. They all looked well fed and very contented. We were able to walk our two small service dogs along as we toured the big cat...More

Thank Evelyn O
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wow, what an experience, Evelyn! Our big cats love stalking things; generally, if there are small children in the group, they'll creep up on them. Good thing we have such good fencing! Hopefully, next time you come, you can stay the night. We can't wait...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot say enough great things about Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. We stayed on the grounds, and took advantage of a Coffee With The Curator event while we were there. Got to spend many hours with Emily the Curator, who was awesome. We got to...More

Thank HEATHER H
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

How wonderful that you got to participate in Coffee With The Curator, Heather! Emily is truly a blessing here at the Refuge. Nobody gives a tour quite like she does. Like you said, "its truly a passion with everyone there," and Emily's passion is infectious....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved what they are doing to help these animals, most of which have been abused or neglected when they have rescued them. The cats are beautiful, there was a grizzly bear and the gift shop was full of fun souvenirs!

Thank Cindy T
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

It's good to hear you had such a well-rounded experience, Cindy T! The grizzly bear you saw is named Bam Bam. He is a bit of a ham and enjoys visitors, such as yourself. Please feel free to come back and visit anytime.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have got go and experience the care these creatures receive. To hear stories of there life before Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will break your heart and see how luck they are now.

Thank Gene B
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting, Gene B! We do our best to provide top-notch care to our animal residents. We're happy you got to see our animals thrive!

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Hk570
23 September 2017|
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Response from cmattull2017 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can see it all in one day. We got there about 3 in the afternoon. We took the walking tour, which is not that long, but the kids took time to watch all of the animals. We then went into town and had dinner and... More
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Hk570
23 September 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
Thank you for reaching out. We typically recommend between 2 and 3 hours at our refuge. Although, we do have overnight lodging that is a whole different experience that can also be fun.
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VicCNJ
18 May 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
At our refuge, our safety fence is about 5 feet away from our habitat fencing. Depending on where in the habitat the animal is you could be as close as 5 feet away.
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