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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Gorgeous animals, scenic views

We arrived in time for the first walking tour of the day and were fortunate to hear two lions... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Angela C
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It was wonderful to walk around to see the animals in the self discovery part, as well as the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Liz V
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"With over 100 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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed yesterday

We arrived in time for the first walking tour of the day and were fortunate to hear two lions roaring. The walking tour narrated by Hannah was excellent and educational. She was able to tell us the specific stories of each animal we encountered along...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was wonderful to walk around to see the animals in the self discovery part, as well as the tours. The interns were knowledgeable about all the stories for each cat. It was nice to hear that they have space for cats that are older...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your visit, Liz V! We're glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 3 days ago

Very interesting. Amazing tomheaevthe stories where the tigers came from. Unbeivable how many people buy big cats and then realize omg they get big.

Thank Janet S
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Very good point, Janet S! People tend not to think when purchasing these large cats, but thankfully, with the support of people like you, they are able to have a good life at TCWR. Thank you for your visit!

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is amazing and the staff and interns are extremely knowledgeable. My husband and I enjoyed the walking tour and hearing the stories of each of the animals that are been rescued. You can even sleep in one of their suites and experience the...More

Thank Kayte H
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We hope you can stay in one of our suites next time, Kayte H! We're glad that your trip went so well. See you soon and thank you for your support!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the trolley tour of Turpentine Refuge. The intern that guided our tour was very knowledgeable. The refuge was very well kept up.

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind words and visit, Go Places518216!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I got married at TCWR, and also stayed the weekend there. We were very well taken care of by the amazing folks here. It was one of the very best experiences I have ever had! The animals were majestic and in wonderful health, the staff...More

Thank Johnny S
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

How special, Johnny! We are honored to be part of your special day. We're wishing you and your lucky lady a lifetime of happiness! Thank you for helping our animal residents on a day that would normally only be about you and your bride. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit here. The staff is so nice and knowledgeable. They literally can tell you anything you need to know about every animal there. The big cats and other animals are so lovable. Please donate to the cause to keep these animals...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind words, Jade_Mont15! We appreciate your support and are very glad you were so impressed during your visit. See you next time!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to several Wildlife Refuges and this one is top of the list. Mainly a big cat rescue, the animals here have been rescued from very poor conditions. The people of TCWR have made it their mission to provide a quality environment for these...More

Thank Brendan1969
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are glad we're so high on your list when we know there are many, many outstanding organizations out there. Our interns are fabulous and always more than happy to answer questions- they are treasure troves of knowledge! Thank you for your detailed review. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You are able to get closeup to the many different big cats. The one hour tour was extremely informative and they had some shaded areas so the August heat wasn’t too bad. The souvenir shop was very nice and it helped finance their wonderful cause...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for supporting our animal residents through your visit, as well as in our gift shop. We always recommend visiting first thing in the morning or later in the evening during the summer, but we're happy the heat didn't keep your visit from being...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see for all animal lovers. The habitats are well constructed and have swimming pools and toys to keep the animals busy. There is an area you can inspect on your own with benches where you can sit and observe the many...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank your for your visit and for leaving such a detailed follow-up, TxNurse! The tip about wearing comfortable shoes and bringing water is fantastic. We also want to recommend coming first thing in the morning during the Summer months, as the heat tends to be...More

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lquinton48
May 30, 2018|
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Response from Heather H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, visit the TCWR website for info. My personal recommendation is you are a couple is stay in the "adult only" Safari lodges. Next time we go, I am staying in the Siberian Suite which is right next to one of the tiger... More
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Hk570
September 22, 2017|
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Response from cmattull2017 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can see it all in one day. We got there about 3 in the afternoon. We took the walking tour, which is not that long, but the kids took time to watch all of the animals. We then went into town and had dinner and... More
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Hk570
September 22, 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
Thank you for reaching out. We typically recommend between 2 and 3 hours at our refuge. Although, we do have overnight lodging that is a whole different experience that can also be fun.
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