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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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An excellent facility to visit and learn about the big cats and various other animals on-site. It was great seeing that these majestic animals are being well cared-for.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Wichita, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I always go to the local zoos when traveling so we've seen quite a few. We were both a little disappointed that once you get in, there are several $20 and $50 options for the up-close experience that seemed promised to all who purchased a general admission ticket. Animals appeared healthy and you could somewhat interact with... More 

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

An excellent facility to visit and learn about the big cats and various other animals on-site. It was great seeing that these majestic animals are being well cared-for.

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Franklin, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Wife wanted to go, so we went early and did the self guided tour. Just a short little walk, about 10 minutes, where we saw a few cats, a monkey, a black bear and a grizzly. All the animals we saw were in small pens with concrete floors except for the grizzly and it had a fairly large pan. The... More 

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Tahlequah, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you like big cats this is the place for you. They have guided tours which are worth the money. If you just tour yourself you can get done very quickly.

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Morton, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

It was really hot the day we were there and most of the animals were in their lock downs tying to keep cool. The animals we saw were beautiful.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We love to go here and see all of the cats, bears and other animals. Be there around feeding time around 4:30-5:00 to watch the cats! This organization is amazing for rescuing animals that should never have been pets.

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Tyler, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Maybe July is just the wrong time to visit this place. $65 for 2 adults and 1 child to ride in a poorly air conditioned bus to strain to see a big cat lay motionless in whatever form of shade they can find, and hear where they were rescued from. Money and time would be better used elsewhere.

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Derry, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Very nice facility. They improve and expand the animals living areas as they are able. We got there at 4:00 and unfortunately, we were unable to do a guided tour. Get there earlier to do a guided tour and self guided tour, feeding time is at 4:15 and it is pretty neat to watch. This is completely outside, so the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Loved the fact that the cats had a large open area to be in. We loved Thor! He was so cute! Everyone was very friendly and knowledgable. This place is a very neat. Im glad i found out they had rv site so we could be there all night. Have never seen a like grizzly!

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Cortez
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This Refuge has it all. The staff are very knowledgeable about all of the animals and were available to answer any questions that guest had about the animals. The guided tour was a great way to learn about the animals and their habitats.

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
Phone Number: 479 253 5841
Location: United States  >  Arkansas (AR)  >  Eureka Springs

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