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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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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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We took some of the grandkids to see the animals. It was nice to see them up close and personal. Feeding time was FUROSIOUS

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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took some of the grandkids to see the animals. It was nice to see them up close and personal. Feeding time was FUROSIOUS

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Thank Nancy B
Springfield, Missouri
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

These great people are doing awesome things with the animals. Top notch facilty offering these animals dignity and safety as well as educating the public on the atrocities of over breeding for monetary gain.

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Thank Melissa O
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I learned so much about the industry and realized what important work they are doing at the Sanctuary for these animals Than you for all you do!!

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Thank Kelly W
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We LOVED this. Over a hundred beautiful big cats and a few bears and other animals have found a permanent rescue home here on the beautiful land of this large facility. All are rescues. They don't buy, sell, or breed these wild animals, and they provide exceptional care in much more natural habitats than you would ever see in a... More 

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Hillsboro, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited this facility with a group of fellow campers and we all really enjoyed seeing the wild animals. This refuge rescues big cats, bears and provides the with a safe and humane sanctuary. We all had never been as close to these LARGE wild lions, tigers and bears before. We recommend taking the guided riding tour so you can... More 

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Thank Ken K
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is not a zoo, and don't expect to get a show. This is a retirement community for mostly old cats that have been rescued from undesirable environments. And Big cats in general sleep 18 or so hours a day. However, Turpentine Creek is doing great things by giving these animals a better quality of life. We went on the... More 

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Thank Jared T
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Jared, Thank you for coming to visit. We appreciate your support. Thank you for understanding that as these animals are cats they tend to do a lot of sleeping. Their most active times are first thing in the day (around 10am) and final thing in the day (around 3-4pm)... and of course at night when we are closed. We do... More 

Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Ths tour of the tiger sanctuary, which also includes rescued bears, is amazing! You can walk the 1/2 mile tour and/or take the guided tour bus through it. The guides will tell you all about how/why the tigers were rescued. The sanctuary just added two white tiger cubs to their site so you need to check them out. This sanctuary... More 

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Thank Cathy C
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Cathy, Thank you for coming to visit. Yes, we have many younger animals now after we took over a facility in Colorado that was breeding. As a non-breeding facility it is really rare that we ever have cubs but when we do they tend to draw in a crowd. Thank you for your support and donation. We hope you get... More 

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wonderful time. Took the trolley tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell she really loved and respected the animals. Made the cats seem bigger than life. Will definitely go again. Worth the trip!

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Thank Debra M
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Debra, Thank you for coming to visit. Our animal care team and our interns are very knowledgeable and passionate about what we do here. All animal related positions have at least a bachelor's in an animal related field. We hope you do get the chance to come back again soon, we are always improving our facility to make it the... More 

Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful, happy, well cared for animals. Rescues...everyone one of them with sad former lives! Really a highlight of our trip to Eureka Springs!

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Thank jrleep
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Jrleep, Thank you for visiting and supporting our cause. Rescuing animals is an amazing thing and being able to share those animal stories and educate the public is a blessing. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon. More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have wanted to go to this sanctuary for years now. My husband booked this weekend for us for our 20 anniversary. What I learned about what they do for these animals is just completely indescribable. If you r interested enough to read this review you need to go and experience it. What you see done here for these animals... More 

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Cmarie2kdz, Thank you for coming to visit! We are glad that you finally got the chance to come and explore our refuge. Happy anniversary! We are happy that you enjoyed your experience and the carnivore caravan tour. We do hope you get the chance to come back again soon. More 

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