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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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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

I have followed TCWR online for years and was so excited to go on this trip. It is a great refuge and full of people that truly care for these cats. Definitely worth the visit!

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Richardson, TX
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Make sure you do the tour! You learn the back stories for many of the animals. They have really down a great job with the habitats and treating these animals. My husband and I love attending!

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St, Louis
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Turpentine Creek is located in the beautiful countryside south of Eureka Springs and provides homes for many big cats and other mammals that have no other place to go. The animals living there (mostly) have large living areas and look very healthy and content. This facility continues to expand and improve while accepting more homeless wildlife. The refuge provides guided... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

The animals were too far away to really get a close up picture of them. The tour guide was very nice and very informative. The trolley car got too hot and stuffy before tour was over. My husband enjoyed more than I did

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Altamont, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

it is so good to see how well these rescued cats are taken care of. We took the tram around and the tour guide named all the cats and told of their stories. We then could watch feeding time, and it was interesting how and what foods are fed to these animals. A great stop on our trip.

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Bixby, Oklahoma
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

There are lots of big cats, mountain lions, bobcats, bear, and a few others. Their stories are on the cages. The grizzly bear Bam Bam is hilarious, quite the character. $ goes to a good cause and they are building new enclosures all the time so they can get out on the grass and enjoy life.

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Ozark, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We visited the wildlife refuge for the first time in September 2014 - and would highly recommend it to families with children of all ages! Visit in the afternoon to view the evening feeding (around 5pm) where the tigers and bears and lions are fed meat and veggies and ROAR like you have never heard before! It is such an... More

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Hot Springs National Park
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We love this place. They take fantastic care of the animals and do a good job of educating the public. Some of these magnificent creatures have come from abusive or neglected situations yet they all are healthy and well adjusted. Great place for animal lovers of all ages

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Kansas City, Missouri
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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Have been coming here since beginning. Love the newer large areas for the cats, but not as good for visitors. When visiting you have to remember the new areas are so much better for the animals. If you take the trolley around and the windows are up you can't see the cats very well, any longer. If you haven't been... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

All the cat's come with a story, usually sad but these folks love their jobs and care about the animals.

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