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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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We loved going to see the animals so much on the refuge that we actually went 2 days in a row. We got to see some feeding in the evening, which I highly recommend, then we came... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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Edwardsville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We loved going to see the animals so much on the refuge that we actually went 2 days in a row. We got to see some feeding in the evening, which I highly recommend, then we came back early the next morning to see one of the tigers, Duke, be released to his new habitat. The staff is great and... More 

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Gentry, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

this is so neat to see the kind of environment these people has given to these cats and bears. You can tell when you walk around that the animals are well taken care and that they are happy. There is no smell or bad odors, they keep the place very clean and it is a pleasure to visit. We go... More 

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We went for a tour in the bus but it was extremely uncomfy though the air was supposely on. The animals seemed to be well taken care of and were happy being there besides looking hot because of the humidity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

When I told my husband that we were going to see tigers in Arkansas, he thought I was crazy. Who's crazy now? Actually, it was a fascinating and sobering visit and one I'd definitely recommend whenever you're in the area. If it's hot, the tour will be very hot, so bring water and an umbrella if possible. We really appreciate... More 

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Richardson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We took the bus tour in the afternoon and it was quite informative. It is so wonderful to see the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge trying to help these beautiful creatures get back to a more natural habitat. This is a place that is definitely worth visiting while in Eureka Springs.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Love to visit and hear the stories of all the rescued animals. I also love their commitment to getting them in the natural habitats!! Awesome place to see rescue efforts at work.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

These people really seem to care about the animals. Really knowledgeable staff. We went in 2008 and will be taking our son there this fall.

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Springfield, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

We visit the refuge every time we stay in Eureka, once or twice a year. The staff is very knowledgeable and the facilities are great habitats for the animals. On this visit, a LOT of the animals we saw last time that were being held in temporary holding pens had gotten moved to new, big habitats with grass and trees,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I usually get nervous about these places because I'm afraid they are not taking care of the animals but it didn't seem that way at all. The animals were in cages but they were very large and had lots of grass and toys. The tour guides were knowledgeable as well. I would recommend it. Animals seemed well cared for!

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Turpentine Creek , you can watch big cats closely. You can take a walk with the interns and they explain you about everything. Their feeding time is after 3.30 pm,.

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