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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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"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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Love the cats

Take the behind the scenes tour. And buy a stuffed animal! This place educates on why wild animals need to stay wild. The rescue stories will break your heart and make you wonder... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Jackson, MS
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Jackson, MS
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Take the behind the scenes tour. And buy a stuffed animal! This place educates on why wild animals need to stay wild. The rescue stories will break your heart and make you wonder how anyone could want these animals as pets.

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Meridian, Mississippi
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So majestic and inviting! A truly special occasion! Was sent here by a local server recommendation and could not have been happier! Never have I ever seen such beautiful open enclosures for mighty lions, tigers, and BEARS!! oh my did i just say that! Dont miss it! Bring the whole family!

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Thank Carey j
Jonesboro, Arkansas
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though it was cold out, it was still fun to visit turpentine creek. The staff was very friendly. We loved getting to see the cats up close.

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Thank rollingrockrae
Norman, Oklahoma
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is huge and fascinating with tons of gorgeous animals. Take one of the guided tours (included with your ticket price) and you can learn all about many of their rescued cats, including how/why they were rescued and about their individual personalities. The two interns who led our tour were very friendly and knowledgable and I could tell they... More 

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Thank DeeJayOK
Hot Springs, Arkansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was very informative clean the staff was knowledgeable, the animals are very well taken care of, this is a must see destination.

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Thank Kevin R
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The first time I went was about 1996/7 and wow what progress they have made. So impressed by the habitats and staff who are all so friendly and helpful. Glad to see some favorites still there and sad to hear some have passed along the way. But their lives were truly better after being rescued by TCWR. If you go... More 

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Thank Griffin B
EUREKA SPRINGS
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have stayed overnight in one of the lodgings at TCWR and also shopped at both their downtown stores, and of course, taken the tours. I was very impressed on all scores. There is a great need for sanctuaries like this that offer not only close up exposure to so many beautiful animals, but also lots of good information that... More 

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Thank onawah
Little Rock, Arkansas
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get ready to fall in love with every single animal there. You will want to know each of their stories and birthdays by the time you leave:) Support an incredible cause and you and your family will love every minute. its a must must must see place if you are any where close by.

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Thank kcolling
Kerrville, Texas
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cats of all kinds in a great environment. They have taken in cats that people no longer can keep due to their size and requirements. The guides are very informed about all the cats and the walk was easy to access.

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Thank erinranch5658
Garfield, Arkansas
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, so many different types of Big Cats and the story of some of them and the reason they are there are amazing and Thank Goodness there is such a place as this

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