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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Phone Number: 479 253 5841
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: "With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is one...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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.."
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Houston
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68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

really enjoyed our visit up close to the gorgeous creatures. Visit around feeding time it is very educational, all ages will enjoy the visit. Worth every penny

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Our tour guide, John, was very knowledgeable about each of the refuge animals, which made the tour all the more informative. Learning more about their habitats and how the animals are cared for showed why this rescue service is so appreciated.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It was a very cold day on our last visit so we didn't take the tour, but we have done it before and highly recommend it, especially for those who are interested in preserving these animals in a safe and open environment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We have been there a few times over the past three years. Every time we have been there there have been substantial improvements for the rescued animals. It is obvious that the staff really cares about their animal charges are are doing their best within the budgetary constraints to make a good life for their rescues. We talked to one... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This place is amazing. All the animals are rescued and well taken care of. We took a habitat tour which is definitely a must if you visit. Our tour guide was great! She was very knowledgeable. TCWR is a none profit organization so all the money spent there goes to the animals. It's really a great cause! If you're in... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Great sanctuary for animals. When we first entered I was disappointed in the size of the facility. But when you take the guided tour you realize how large of a facility they are and what their plans are for growth. They share their history and offer amazing stories of rescued animals.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was a good thing to do in the off season when the weather is good , because it is open and the cats seem to be out in the cool. This is not like a zoo though. The cats are in large cages and small grassy areas with a lot of wire cattle panels fused into fences. This makes... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I visited Turpentine Creek because she just loves tigers. It was well worth the time, there are tons of big cats. It is a very nice way to spend a few hours and the animals are in excellent condition.

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Corinth, Mississippi, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This place is amazing and is doing amazing work! The staff are wonderful and very helpful. Any trip to Eureka Springs must include Turpentine Creek Refuge! Make sure you are able to take plenty of pictures!!!!!

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Memphis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It was amazing to be able to see these wildlife animals only a few feet away! They are well cared for and provide a detailed, educational tour!

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