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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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Lincoln, Nebraska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Turpentine Creek is a fantastic Wildlife Refuge! The staff is very friendly and highly educated. Stacy Selko was our tour guide and she knew every animal by name and all the animals personality's..

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Albany
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Very interesting tour and learning about animals. Staff were very knowledgeable and cougars, tigers and variety of cats and animals were amazing. Even more interesting were the stories of the animals and how many remaining states allow exotic pet trades. This should be banned.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The work the people at Turpentine Creek do is a wonderful job of caring for the big cats, bears, ligers and other animals - some of whom have never stepped on earth, but caged in pens, etc. It is worth the price of admission when you realize the number and range of animals they are housing and feeding -- all... More

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Charleston, Arkansas
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I first learned of Turpentine Creek years ago when my local high school (which uses a tiger as their mascot) had "rented" a baby tiger for kids to be photographed with. I learned there was a large cat sanctuary just south of Eureka Springs. I first visited several years later and fell in love with the place after seeing the... More

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Round Rock, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The admission price of $20 to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge seems a bit steep for what you get, but we were told that the entire cost goes directly to caring for the animals, so I feel it's for a good cause. Having said that, our tour guide was very friendly and knowlegeable and shared the animals' back stories with us,... More

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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

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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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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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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