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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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Kansas City, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide was great and we learned so much about the sanctuary and the animals. Definitely glad we decided to visit.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We needed to plan a whole day in Eureka Springs and this was the first stop after lunch. Over 100 large cats and even a bear (Lions and Tigers and Bears--oh my)! The tour guide takes you around the complex and tells you about each of the cats, their names, like, where they came from, etc. It is really interesting... More

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Ward, AR
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to go to see some amazing animals. Turpentine Creek is working on getting all the animals off concrete and into their own grassy areas and it shows. It was so nice to see animals like this with grass and room to run and move. Stacy was our tour guide and she loves what she does,... More

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Comanche, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

what a wonderful idea to rescue all the neglected and mis treated cats and bears, especially with all the volunteer employees. KUDOS.

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Hutchinson Island, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Wow!! What a great way to take in and care wild life rescues that were abandoned , abused and or neglected. All employees are college graduates. Super impressed!!

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St. Louis
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited during the 4th of July weekend and stayed in the Bengal Suite for 2 nights. We were first introduced to this facility last December and just fell in love with it. We couldn't wait to return and it was even better around the second time! The staff is what makes Turpentine flourish. They are simply... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Horrible experience today. Spent $40 to see wildlife and walked out early from disappointment and just disgust. Tigers and lions are kept in tiny CONCRETE cages. The bears were pacing and stressed. It was the lowest point of our mini vacation here in eureka springs. I would never recommend it especially not for animal lovers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Hats off to Turpentine Creek for rescuing these beautiful animals. In addition to a variety of big cats, they also have bears, and a coyote who is the only canine member of the group (though my tour guide said he thinks he's a lion and will howl when they roar.) If you visit the refuge, 100% of the admission fee... More

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Hockley, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Jeffrey was our tour guide and we had a great time. The cats were beautiful. I hope to see it continue to grow in the future.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We just returned from a long weekend in Eureka Springs, and I am so glad we took the time to visit Turpentine Creek! There are a ton of large cats to see, and one bear. You can walk freely through and see most of the animals, but I would highly suggest the tour. It is every hour on the hour.... More

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