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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This place does amazing work. It's sad to see how many big cats and other exotic animals Are kept in unsafe personal homes and then discarded when they act as the wild animals they are. Good on these people for helping to give the creatures a home they can be comfortable and happy in.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This place was okay... The animals did have superior habitats, and the people who work there clearly love those animals. It was a bit pricey for what you see, although I understand it costs a lot to maintain the place and feed the cats. It was terribly HOT while we were there, and our tour guide, who was walking us... More

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Nashville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Loved getting to see all the animals. Some of it was confusing to get too, they are doing some improvements. Bam Bam was my favorite.

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Yukon, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

TCWR is a great place to see the "Cats" along with a few bears and other animals. They are a refuge that Love the animals in their charge and are striving to get each of them out in habitats. If you have the time, take the Photo Safari. It's well worth the money and you can get some great photos... More

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KC MO
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

What an amazing place...incredible animals, informative tour, just love the work they are doing. We went at 4 and had the tour and then got to watch them all eat at 5. Perfect!

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Texas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

One of my favorite places on earth. I love how happy the animals are as well as the crew that cares for them. Very professional staff with a love for large cats, bears and other neglected animals. I totally recommend staying for feeding time.

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Indiana
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4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What does a person do when their domesticated wildcat becomes too big? This wildcat, lion, tiger, cougar, it is all the same, this animal cannot survive on its own. Sometimes not only are they too big, they are too old. An example are the circus animals when they get too old to perform. They may have developed health issues, such... More

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Mebane, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were here about twelve years ago, and it seems that they have shifted more of their animals to larger habitats (and are continuing to do so). Now, this is good for the animals, but can create problems for visitors who come to see them, especially on hot days, which it was when we went. We took the trolley tour,... More

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Amarillo, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Choose to go during the cool of the day and when the animals are being fed so that they are out for view. While the "tour" is informative, the displayed stories of the individual rescued animals is good by itself. What the refuge is doing for these abandoned animals is amazing and deserves to be better funded, not just by... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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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