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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
479 253 5841
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: "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... more » Owner description: "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.." « less
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This place does very nice work by taking abused or neglected animals and do their very best at giving them a nice life. They work by donations and by admission to see the animals. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I had the privilege to go on the photo tour, and it was amazing to see the big cats up close and personal. It lasted about two hours, and it was worth it! Our guide was very helpful, and insightful. The best bit was seeing the Tigers and Lions just relaxing and having a wonderful time in their habitats. I... More

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Springdale, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Nothing to equal the experience of getting to watch the most beautiful beasts imaginable, as they tear into their dinners, only feet away from you - - wow!!!

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Austin, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Neat to see how the animals are being helped. Nice, clean cages that provide much nicer animal quarters than a normal zoo. It would have been better to see everything during feeding times, early or late afternoon. It is amazing that there have been so many stupid owners that had to learn that wild animals do not make good house... More

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My kids were a little old for a this, but that didn't stop them from laughing and having a great time. Great interaction with the animals. Definitely buy a bucket or 2 of the food!

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Amarillo TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Though it costs $20.00 per person (adult) to get in - the money goes to help run the place. Rescue of animals people try to raise. Really?? Take the habitat tour - it last about 45 minutes - you get to hear the stories of the animals. Wish we had more time to spend there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Bambam the grizzly was great to see, very funny. It was, however, the trolley tour that made the trip. We visited Eureka Springs and heard about this refuge. We had a wonderful time on the tour. Our narrator Jeff did an amazing job of telling about each of the animals and their stories. He added just enough 'funny' to keep... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We love visiting the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. This is our favorite stop when visiting Eureka Springs. These animals who have come from some pretty horrible situations are getting a second chance at this refuge. The staff is so knowledgeable and it's so apparent how much the interns love these animals. They are in the process of building even better... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Such a good experience to see wild animals from up close, especially during feeding time. Staff is very caring and friendly, takes their time to answer any question. They are true animal lovers. We keep coming back!

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We love big cats! This is a great place and I'm so thankful these cats can get the help they need! Our daughters loved this experience and are still talking about it.

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