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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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Description: "With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine...
"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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wouldn't miss it

it was great to see so many people dedicated to the lives of theses tigers, and don't forget the bear.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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New Iberia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

it was great to see so many people dedicated to the lives of theses tigers, and don't forget the bear.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Fantastic place to visit and they are doing a wonderful job of taking care of rescued big cats. The employees are friendly and knowledgeable about their feline residents. A "must visit" if you have the time and are in the area.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This place is amazing! I never thought I could be so close to Lions, Tigers, Bears, Cougars, Leopards, Jaguars, and a monkey! It was very educational and very fun! Make sure to be there for feeding time! Great Gift Shop with reasonable prices!

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Pryor, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I have been going here for 20 years. I have become friends with the original owners and their daughter who now runs the refuge. I know they go above and beyond in offering a lifetime home for their animals. A trip to Eureka Springs isn't complete without a trip to the refuge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We found that this was very interesting and enjoyed learning about these animals. The young lady who took us on the tour was very knowledgable about the animals. Was impressed how she knew all of their names and their stories. We learned a lot about the cats. It was well worth going to see.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

We'll run with qualified people, well worth a visit. They also have lodgong which I would like to try sometime.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Great place going above & beyond to be sure all the animals are happy & healthy! They always need money for care, food & now they are trying to raise money for an onsite vet building. Donate if you can!

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Rogers, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We are seniors and therefore only had to pay half price admission. We visited the refuge on an unusually warm winter day, and having driven from Rogers (about 40 minutes) we were very happy with the free guided tour and our tour guide. Be sure to take your camera and/or smart phone for the many photo ops. Only one caution;... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

As a local I recommend Turpintine to everyone. With a great cause and an once in a lifetime experience for some this is educational and beautiful. Staff very dedicated and most being interns, you are welcomed with smiles. I truly love this place and what it stands for. My favorite will always be BamBam the bear. So stop in and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Anytime a group or organization can save endangered animals, I'm all for it, and Turpentine Creek does just that. With over 100 big cats and one bear, they have a home, they have protection, and they aren't exploited as they were by their previous owners. It's an amazing sanctuary for the cats and a very educational experience for those who... More 

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