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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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Haymarket, Virginia, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This refuge should be applauded for their work in rescuing and giving big cats a place to live out their lives with dignity and comfort. It was very interesting to see the animals and a joy to see all the big cats and hear their stories. We had very young to seniors in our party and they all enjoyed it.

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Better than a zoo - lots of care for these cats! Don't have 50 characters to describe - just a good place to see wild cats in a natural habitat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Very wonderful place to stay we staid in a 5th wheel, very cool to hear the loins everynight, very affordable to stay an knowing the money goes to a good cause was even better, would highly recomend staying, the animal exhibits were very nice an you can get close to the animals

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Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is the second wildlife refuge I have been to. I appreciate that it is a nonprofit organization. The advertisements mention housing over 100 large cats, however a majority of the large cats are tigers. We saw several pens with 3-4 tigers in each pen. Tour guide did give interesting facts about how each cat arrived there. Good trip if... More

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We had a great time, we visited in the afternoon at feeding time... fantastic to see the work being done here

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Holiday Island, Arkansas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

This was so much fun to see all the different animals and would recommend to anyone!! make sure you take the tour, it was awesome

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Paola, Ks
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

First I want to say what a wonderful thing the people of Turpentine Creek have done. To be able to rescue these magnificent animals. At the very least you will want to come spend a few hours to tour the animals. You get a very good close up view of the many tigers, the lions, bears, cougars bobcats and leopards.... More

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Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is my second trip to Turpentine Creek. I still have trouble wrapping my mind around the fact that people devote their entire lives to something they believe in. TC is an extraordinary place. When you hear the stories of the animals and how they arrived at the refuge, you are astonished at people's stupidity and then in awe of... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Turpentine Creek is a wonderful family entertainment spot. My grandchildren love to watch the animals, they are so close up and seem so friendly. My husband and I have been annual supporters of Turpentine Creek for years. We love all that they are doing for the animals. Turpentine rescues large cats, bears and other animals that need saving. Over the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The animals were beautiful and the setting is great! The staff are so helpful and knowledgeable. A great experience!

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