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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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Richardson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful thing the volunteers are doing to help these beautiful animals. So much better than going to a zoo. Each animal has a unique story of how they came to be at the refuge. The volunteers seems to really care for the animals and they do everything possible to make their lives comfortable and happy.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We have been coming to Turpentine Creek For about 16 years and each year it gets better and better. The new cages they have added for the animals are so much better than the old cages with cement floors. They have so much room to run around and enjoy the rest of their lives. This is a wonderful rescue site... More

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This really is a big cat rescue. You can stay overnight on the grounds!!!. We stayed in one of the Safari Lodges (there are five) as we book too late and could not get a suite or the tree house which are located closer to the cats. What a great place. They keep the pens up to and above minimum... More

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Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

VERY knowledgeable and super friendly staff. We took the riding tour with the guide and driver were personable and sincerely seemed like their loved his job there at TCWR. The stories about how the animals were neglected by previous owners were sad, but now that they are at TCWR they are now definitely taken care of very well. Please take... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This place does amazing work. It's sad to see how many big cats and other exotic animals Are kept in unsafe personal homes and then discarded when they act as the wild animals they are. Good on these people for helping to give the creatures a home they can be comfortable and happy in.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This place was okay... The animals did have superior habitats, and the people who work there clearly love those animals. It was a bit pricey for what you see, although I understand it costs a lot to maintain the place and feed the cats. It was terribly HOT while we were there, and our tour guide, who was walking us... More

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Nashville, Arkansas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Loved getting to see all the animals. Some of it was confusing to get too, they are doing some improvements. Bam Bam was my favorite.

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Yukon, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

TCWR is a great place to see the "Cats" along with a few bears and other animals. They are a refuge that Love the animals in their charge and are striving to get each of them out in habitats. If you have the time, take the Photo Safari. It's well worth the money and you can get some great photos... More

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KC MO
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

What an amazing place...incredible animals, informative tour, just love the work they are doing. We went at 4 and had the tour and then got to watch them all eat at 5. Perfect!

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Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

One of my favorite places on earth. I love how happy the animals are as well as the crew that cares for them. Very professional staff with a love for large cats, bears and other neglected animals. I totally recommend staying for feeding time.

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