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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Large animal refuge seemed well carried out as humane as possible for these breeds. Disliked that they have reason to be there.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visit almost anything having to do with animals. This was a fun experience up close with the big cats! Probably will return if in the area.

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Corpus Christi, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is awesome experience to get an up come view of all types of big cats (lots of lions, tigers, cougars etc.). We took the tram tour and felt it was well worth the money. I loved hearing the stories about where each cat was rescued from. I was very impress to how well they were taken care of. Each... More

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Austin TX
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

First, it is important to understand what this place is, and what it is not. It is not a zoo. It is a permanent home for big cats (and a few bears) that needed rescuing for what ever reason. The goal is for them to give each animal a permanent home with a reasonable enclosure. --And from what I saw,... More

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Heavener, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

I am such an animal lover and was so happy to hear the rescue stories at Turpentine Creek. Be sure to go about 4pm because they feed the animals about 4:30 and that is when the animals really come alive.

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Foster, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

This is the most amazing place! The animals look to be well-cared for and the facility is clean and neat. The volunteers and handlers were very friendly and very knowledgeable and passionate about these beautiful animals. They seemed to really love each and every one of the animals and knew the back story on each of them. It is really... More

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Harrison, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We went on a Monday morning at opening time. Well worth the price. The walking tour was very informative -- learned about the animals histories. They really take great care of their animals. Can't wait to go back.

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Ocala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Wonderful job they are doing with these animals. We went on a very hot day and animals were laying down in the shade. Keep up the good work, park is great. These animals are lucky to have you.

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Baldwin, Arkansas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Pretty much a nice place for families. you do s great thing by taking in animals who no one would. which we understand takes time and money to do. keep up your work.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is probably the most worthwhile and passionate site seeing excursion near Eureka Springs. The cats each have their own story, which you learn on the tour. You can spend time on your own at their cages, and you learn a little about their personalities. I could've stayed for days. Speaking of, you can also stay Onsite, in one of... More

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