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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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Best thing to see in Eureka Springs!

If you are spending time in Eureka Springs this is the thing to see. Many big cats and one funny grizzly bear. He entertained us for quite awhile with his antics!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Huntsville, Missouri
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Huntsville, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

If you are spending time in Eureka Springs this is the thing to see. Many big cats and one funny grizzly bear. He entertained us for quite awhile with his antics!

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Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Such an awesome place this is! What a wonderful job these folks do for the animals they have! We were very impressed with the whole place and fully intend to visit again when we are on the area!

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Mountain View, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Turpentine Creek is a great place to learn about large cats. They have guided tours and enrichment sessions (play time). Each cat has a personality of it's own. It is cool to see them interact with their handlers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This was a great place to visit. Very educational and informative. They are undergoing construction so the place may look a mess, but its for a good cause. They are building better habitats for the animals they house. We went on the walking tour, the trolley tour and the self guided tour. We were also allowed to come back at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We came here with our three year old granddaughters, and spent a interesting couple of hours. The enclosures are not spit and polished as a zoo, but after taking the tour we understand why. Everything is built by interns.

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Checotah, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

My family loves coming to Turpentine Creek refuge. We have been numerous times and never grow tired of visiting. There is a walking tour you can take to see all the animals on site. Our favorite is Duke the tiger. Also, there is a gift shop with shirts and keychains, etc. Make sure you buy something because it all goes... More 

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

What sets Turpentine Creek above other places to see Tigers, Lions and Bears is that they are all about how the animals live. They strive to provide proper habitats and care for each of the animals and they succeed wonderfully!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very impressed! Little disappointed that you couldn't get closer to the animals. We did the guided tour & learned alot of the refuge & the animals.

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White Hall, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a one of a kind place to see big rescue cats, bears, etc. Very unique. SElf guided and walking tour.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Great place to take kids or not take kids. Very informative and educational as well as interesting. Can walk the 1/2 mile tour with a guide (we did this), take the trolley tour, or go on your own and walk around.

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