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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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This place is awesome

This is such a great place that truly cares for animals and it is clearly seen in the huge habitats. With that being said it is a big facility and riding the tour bus is the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is such a great place that truly cares for animals and it is clearly seen in the huge habitats. With that being said it is a big facility and riding the tour bus is the best way to see the big cats if you have small children. Walking the entire perimeter would be a daunting task for young kiddos.... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Loved it, lots of big cats being cared for by wonderful people who rescue them from road-side zoos and the like.

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Portland, OR USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I never like to see caged beasts, but these habitats are way better than most. And the staff does all they can to give these tigers, leopards, lions, cougars, bobcats, etc as happy a life as possible. These big cats are all rescued from idiots who thought they'd make good pets. Meow!

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Rogers, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Turpentine Creek has such beautiful cats. It is awesome that the facility takes such good care of these homeless animals. You get very close to these animals and it is just like being next to them. They have a very safe environment. A must when visiting Eureka Springs.

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Loved Turpentine Creek. It's such a great place with a great mission. We really enjoyed our tour. Great and unique experience if you're in Eureka!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We stayed here last year for I think two nights in one of the Safari lodges. This year we stayed four nights, and made a reservation for the same week next year. This year we towed my motorcycle. Some of the best motorcycle rides in the country are in Arkansas. The famous 'Pig Trail' (Highway 23) essentially starts at the... More 

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Garland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

This is so worth your time and support. I was surprised at how many cats they care for. The tours are done by young interns that clearly know and love these magnificent animals.

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St. Louis Mo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The staff at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge were knowledgeable and took pride in what they could do for these beautiful big cats.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I didn't want to go to some attraction where people make a buck by locking animals in small cages. This place is not that. They rescue cats from places like that. They don't breed or sell. They rescue and give this magnificent animals a safe place to spend the rest of their days. Be there by 4pm for feeding time.... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is an incredible place even though many of the stories are heartbreaking. The animals are given a home for the rest of their lives here and are treated well. They are in large enclosures with grass under their feet. It is obvious the staff really cares. Each staff member we spoke with knew a lot of information and was... More 

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