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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Phone Number: 479 253 5841
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: "With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is one...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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.."
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Altamont, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

A group of us rode out to Turpentine Creek from Eureka Springs mostly on a whim, but we loved our visit there. It was so interesting to see the sizes of the lions paws HUGE. One of the lions was lazing out in the sun doing a little dozing, so he was pretty easy to study while viewing. Many tigers... More 

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Palestine, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Whether you are 4 or 84 you will love this unique place, Do yourself a favor and spend a night or two so you can relax and truly enjoy these glorious animals.

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Bentonville, Arkansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The apprentices there were great with kids. Everyone had a blast and we will be back. We think what they are doing there is great.

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Columbia, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A large group of tigers, bears and various cats who have been rescued. The place seems to be run very responsibly with extra safety precautions. Most of the animals can be seen up close. We took the walking tour, which took over an hour but was very informative about the care of the animals and their history. Our guide was... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

We were expecting to see maybe 10-15 large cats at Turpentine, they actually have over 100. The walking tour takes about 45 minutes and leaves on the hour. Apparently feeding time is at 3:00, we weren't able to return but this is when the animals are more active. Overall the staff are friendly and we continue to be in awe... More 

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Paragould, Arkansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The animals are beautiful and the staff really know the animals and makes for an enjoyable day. Kids will love being so close to the animals and getting to see them walk around and play. They are nonprofit as well so all donations are greatly appreciated

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

You won't find any other place where you can experience lions, tigers, bears and much more in habitats where they live comfortably! Go and see these wonderful animals!!!!

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We have been here a couple times and we always enjoy ourselves. We took our son who was 8 at the time and he really loved it! The best time to go is in the evening when they do the feedings. From the first time we went to this time they have really done alot of revamping! Have never stayed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I love going to the wildlife refuge! It rained all day the day that we went and it was pretty cold outside so I was surprised the animals were out. We went in the late afternoon to watch feeding. It was quite entertaining! I love watching all the animals and BamBam and the other bears are adorable!

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This was a great stop. Very cool to see all the cats as close as we were allowed to get. The price was a little high, but it was to go to help pay for the care of the animals, so that makes it ok with me.

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