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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
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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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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I've always wanted to come see these beautiful animals. I was just in awe of their beauty and what I learned about them. They're well taken care of! We will be back!! I love them all!!!

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Kansas City, Missouri
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I cannot say enough good things about this big cat refuge in the beautiful Ozark mountains! We have been visiting for years now, and the major improvements keep on coming! When we first visited, we were a bit unsure of what we saw. A main compound area filled with cages and cement. But then we entered this wonderful refuge, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Turpentine Creek is an amazing place to view hundreds of the most gorgeous large (and some small) animals as close as safely possible. There are so many large cats and their stories are heartbreaking and awe-inspiring. I would have loved to hear every single story behind each animal there, and what I did learn was just amazing from the very... More

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Piggott, Arkansas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I am so happy that places like this exist and hope that soon that wild animals can no longer be in the hands of those who cannot care for them and who abuse them. This refuge is working hard to provide each animal with a habitat where they can run and play and exercise their God-given skills and nature. Many... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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40 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Turpentine Creek is a wonderful place. You can tell they really love their animals and do a lot of enrichment activities for them. Each enclosure had the story of the animal living inside, and it was really moving to see the situations these cats and other animals were brought out of. We were glad to contribute a donation to their... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

These are some of the luckiest big cats and bears on earth. Most have private "apartments" with great yards. But, because many prefer their compounds to walking around outside, a situation is created that often makes it difficult to see the tigers and lions. Some animals are in small, caged areas, waiting on their own green space to be built,... More

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Gladstone, Missouri
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a wonderful wildlife sanctuary with a mission to rescue large cats and allow them to live out their lives in a well cared for place. The cats are in clean areas with the goal to have all placed in large grass and tree habitats. We had a wonderful tour guide in Matt and learned a lot about large... More

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McAlester, Oklahoma
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20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Wonderful place. The cats are clearly taken care of very well . Please be sure to take the walking tour that leaves at the top of each hour. You will learn much more from this than from doing your own self-guided tour.

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Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This visit was AMAZING. This refuge has very kind staff and very knowledgeable guides. Every bit of money spent here for the entrance donation and gift shop goes right back into the refuge. Beautiful animals, nice grounds. I can't think of anything negative to say here, The only negative thing I can think of is that there aren't more places... More

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Arlington, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Our schedule did not permit us to spend the time necessary to fully appreciate the refuge but we were quite impressed with everything and everyone we encountered. The young lady at the entrance was especially accommodating. The place was clean and well maintained while, although it is always sad to see animals in captivity, these appear to be experiencing distinct... More

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