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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wonderful place to visit for animal lovers!

This non-profit Refuge takes care of rescue cats with love and expert care. I was very impressed... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
C7794TTkarens
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Saint Peters, Missouri
Great Place To Stay

We just stayed two nights over Spring Break. Cabin was nice with nice bed linens and nice towels... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Rlblum
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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...more
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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 3 days ago

This non-profit Refuge takes care of rescue cats with love and expert care. I was very impressed with my tour and took lots of photos!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank C7794TTkarens
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We just stayed two nights over Spring Break. Cabin was nice with nice bed linens and nice towels. We had a mini frig waiting with snacks and drinks. Staff and tours were awesome! We even heard the lions caroling early morning. Great time had by...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Rlblum
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Took our 3 kids (ages 1, 7 and 11). They had a good time. The staff was friendly and super knowledgeable about all the animals. Lots of education provided on animal welfare and big cat ownership in the United states.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank nursejenn84
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We heard about this place from a friend back in Florida and wanted to visit. This was part of bigger trip in the area but well worth the visit. Not only did we take one of the behind the scenes tours we actually stayed overnight...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Scalpelguy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Animals in cages. Rushed through no time to really read about them. Lots of white tigers. I hope the sanctuary focuses more on quality exhibits and stimulation vs saving 20 animals at a time.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Rworiginal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great learning experience. Animals seemed completely comfortable in their environment. No pacing and nervous behavior you see in zoos.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jamieo449
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, jamieo449 :) Thank you for your visit and wonderful review. It is our top priority to keep our animal residents comfortable and relaxed in their fur-ever home. We're glad you found your experience educational and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must! Went when it was foggy and chilly, the guide was very knowledgeable about the resident animals, why they live there and where they came from. Because she is actually a caregiver, the animals are response to her voice, no contact rules,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lyn D
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Lyn D :) It sounds like you had a fun girls' weekend! It's true that even though us humans might not like being outside in foggy and chilly weather, our animal residents tend to be very active in it! You can never go wrong...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my boys checked this place out. We were freezing but we learned sooo much! The guide was so nice and very informative!! Such beautiful animals and such a great cause!!!More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Kristen E
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Kristen E! :) Thank you for braving the weather to visit our animal residents! We know it can be inconvenient that they are more active in weather that isn't pleasant to us, but we're glad you found your visit enjoyable. We can't wait to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After checking recommendations with TripAdvisor we decided to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Fortunately we arrived in time for a guided tour with Diana. She was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the animals and their personalities. Also we enjoyed her passion for the big cats and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Maelrarny
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good morning, Maelrarny! :) Diana is fantastic; like all of our team members, she has an infectious passion for the work she does. We will pass along your compliment to her! It's wonderful that you got to see Bam Bam, our grizzly bear. He isn't...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I recently attended this sanctuary. It was a rainy and cold day, but we still enjoyed the tour and getting to see and hear about the animals. Our tour guide was an intern at the facility. She was very knowledegble about the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank KC2833
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, KC2833! :) Thank you for choosing to support our animal residents, despite the yucky weather, and for leaving such a kind, well-detailed review! We're glad the rain didn't put too terribly much of a "damper" on your fun! Our interns are amazing- they work...More

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Iamme62
11 February 2019|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
Hello, we are glad you are checking into our lodging options. All of our rooms are great. The Siberian Suite, Bengal Suite, and Tree House are all very close to the animals. The Adult only safari lodges are great rooms... More
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snowdiva47
21 January 2019|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
Big cats, a lot like smaller cats, are territorial. They mark their territory by spraying their scent on their things. We use spices for enrichment, because they offer different scents for the animals. We will put the... More
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Dylan M
25 September 2018|
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Response from milesjanke | Reviewed this property |
They all have large enclosures to keep them happy
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