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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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"With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display...

"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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Awesome place! Well worth to visit!

Awesome place! All the animals are well taken care of! If you have time, stay at their guest house for one or two nights! Be the neighbor with the big cats!

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
Bell D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Awesome place! All the animals are well taken care of! If you have time, stay at their guest house for one or two nights! Be the neighbor with the big cats!

Thank Bell D
Lees Summit
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is awesome whether you are staying the night or just a visiting for a few hours. The staff and animals are awesome. When you get there and you start exploring the grounds you will feel the love of the animals.

Thank hoboking269
Bentonville, Arkansas
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An established attraction in Eureka Springs, it has grown by leaps and bounds (pardon the pun) since it's inception. Good place with lots of education and caring people who have dedicated their life to taking care of a lot of large animals who wound up in their care...

Thank Tom E
Fordyce, Arkansas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing view of animals. This was better than any zoo in terms of viewing the animals. They have large habitats and are being taken care of very well.

Thank Brenna S
Gentry, Arkansas
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They've really tried their best to make this place a sanctuary for these animals and not a zoo. They aren't all up close and personal, but most are a respected distance for viewing. The guided tour is really worth the time and helps you understand just what this place is and what they are doing and why the cats are... More 

Thank Sara W
Frontenac, Kansas
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was wonderful to know there is a place to help these animals survive and live the rest of their lives in peace and to be taken care of in a humane way.

Thank Lori E
Springfield, Missouri
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

amazing place, great tours, plenty of animals all with a story. late afternoon is great to see feeding. Place is clean, tidy, staff friendly, awesome place for all ages

Thank Carmel G
Raleigh, North Carolina
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120 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful refuge set back in the Ozark Mountains for large wild animals that happens to be open to the public. We visited here recently and truly enjoyed looking at and listening to all the animals. You can tour the habitats by walking tour and by bus. They have all kinds of large cats, bears, and even some... More 

Thank Trave2leverywhere
Fairplay, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After two previous trips I would tell people about this place "The Best Zoo!". "You see so many animals and up close.". I told my new wife it was the best thing we were going to do in Eureka. Notwithstanding the great service they provide by taking care of these awesome animals the changes they made since my last trip... More 

Thank robert w
Kansas City, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only word we can find to describe T.C is AWESOME from the animals right down to the people who care for them. Every single person was so friendly and most important of all it is very obvious how much they care for these animals. Being an animal lover it's easy to tell. They talk to them and the places... More 

Thank Caroline W

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