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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Phone Number: 479 253 5841
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Description: "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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Dear cats

It is good to know that going there you would support a sanctuary for cats and they are beautiful . There are other animals like bears as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

It is good to know that going there you would support a sanctuary for cats and they are beautiful . There are other animals like bears as well.

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Decatur, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This was my second time to Turpentine Creek. They are making terrific improvements for the animals there. The staff is amazing. It's obvious they care very much for the animals there. It's so refreshing to experience people in a facility that is doing something wonderful for animals. We camped there this time. Our travel trailer was next to a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My boyfriend and I went to see what this place was about. You arrive at the gift shop and that's where you buy your tickets. Your admission goes towards the center to help the animals. Behind the cashiers counter is a beautiful macaw. You can do a walking tour or bus. We chose the walking tour. It lasts about 45... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Do not think twice about coming here...just do it! Great facility, lots of cats and other animals, informative and friendly staff, well-equipped lodging with view.... we can't wait to return!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

My sister and I spent a few nights at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge...it was way beyond wonderful. Everyone was so nice and helpful. The animals are happy and cared for with so much love. We plan to go back....what a beautiful caring place...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great place to visit with family. All the animals looked healthy and like they were taken care of with love and respect. I really enjoyed the trip.

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Heber Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

They really need donations to carry on a dream to save these animals. Please Help. No more walking to tour. Trolley drives you around. Awesome place

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I visited Turpentine Creek with my family on our last day in Eureka Springs. We went around 2, and the woman who helped us inside was so nice. We ended up getting an annual pass because it was the cheapest option and best value for our party size and the experience we wanted. We started with the self-guided tour in... More 

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North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

We visited the refuge and ended up adopting a tiger. The people are amazing and you can really tell they love what they are doing and have a mission to rescue these mistreated animals. It's well worth a visit and a donation! We will be back! These people are doing good things.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We have been to the refuge many times over the years, with our latest trip in March 2015. It is a wonderful place to explore and adventure whether you are traveling solo or with your family - individuals of all ages will enjoy the refuge. The care of the animals is inspiring and it is witnessed in the care the... More 

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