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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 2013
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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Prairie Grove, Arkansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Had a great time seeing cats and other animals. The refuge has really grown and enjoyed it a lot. I recommend it for all ages and allow plenty of time to relax and enjoy it.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I was very excited to go see and learn about exotic cats. However, it was very disappointing. Their website is very well designed. It made the facilities and staff appear well structured and impressive. But this just confirms that you can't believe everything on the internet. First, the staff has poor customer service. They're not very friendly, helpful, or knowledgeable.... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Wonderful tour. Loved the bobcats too! Very nice people and great cause. Don't miss this. Is much bigger than Big Cat Rescue in Tampa.

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New York, NY
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

It's unfortunate that sanctuaries NEED to exist in today's world, but I'm glad that there are hardworking, caring and determined people like those at Turpentine Creek who are providing these amazing creatures with the love, respect and care that they deserve. The sanctuary is clean and each animal has a plaque on the outside of its enclosure that tells their... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We are glad we stopped by to see this refuge. It is an unbelievable place where they are providing a wonderful home to abandoned lions, tigers, bears, bobcats, mountain lions. People try to make these exotic animals into pets and it just doesn't work out and they end up here. We were happy to help out the cause by visiting... More

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Humble, TX
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

More white tigers in one spot than I have ever seen. Heart warming to visit and see the care these rescue cats have been given. Go at feeding time if you can, quite an experience.

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Columbia, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

So great to see the animals being taken care of and having a refuge. Loved being so close to them and watching them eat! Wonderful sanctuary.

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Conway, Arkansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a top notch animal refuge ... also has facilities for overnight stays ... would highly recommend the treehouse (which is where we got married!) If you visit, make certain to talk with the interns and get their stories as well as the stories of the animals!

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We visited this wonderful facility on 3-21-14. We arrived late in the afternoon just by chance, but it was totally worth it! Feeding time was at 5pm and that was really neat to see. You get to see many animals on the refuge up close. All their compounds were very clean and the cats all seem very comfortable lounging around.... More

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Tonganoxie, Kansas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We went to the refuge and took the guided tour. It was great to hear about how they are saving these animals and see the staff and interns interact with them.

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