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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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Great day at the park

Loved this park because it wasn't so much like a zoo you didn't feel like the animals were caged up but they were still visible when you walked by. I would defiantly visit this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
thegoodlife13
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved this park because it wasn't so much like a zoo you didn't feel like the animals were caged up but they were still visible when you walked by. I would defiantly visit this place while you're in town. Wear comfy shoes because the walk way is rocky and there's a lil bit of walking involved.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We absolutely loved seeing ALL THE ANIMALS! Our tour guide was so full of information on each of the Big Cats. Turpentine Creek is doing an amazing job rescuing these animals and nurturing them back to a healthy lifestyle.

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Thank Tina F
Conway, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved Turpentine, we saw so many tigers, lions, pumas and more! The coolest thing about Turpentine is that it is a refuge so each animal has been brought there for safety and hospitalization. I loved knowing each animal was being nursed back to health or permanently held for a good reason. If you go as a couple, I recommend... More 

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Thank Abbie L
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I absolutely love Turpentine Creek and their efforts to save these exotic animals. This is not a petting zoo! They are great at educating people about the dangers of owning these animals. The stories behind how these animals came to be at Turpentine Creek is truly an eye opener to the problems out there.

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Thank jnslzr
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We came in and took our time and wondered thru, then we took a walking tour. There are several different animals that have been rescued from all over. This isn't a Zoo. It's a rescue center!!

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Thank CafeAmore2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The guided tour was very helpful and nice tour guides who love these animals so much! I loved these cats ever one!

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Forney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is the second time our family has been to Turpentine Creek, and wow what a difference! Several years ago the facility was in the planning and fundraising stages to provide more natural habitat structures for their rescued animals. This time on our visit we were delighted to see how much progress has been made toward this goal. The facilities... More 

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Thank Linda W
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very informative place. They offer walking and tram tours. Trams have a/c. This is a refuge; So, do not expect tricks or up-close interaction with the animal. Besides big cats, they have bears, a monkey and some other animals.

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Thank TxGent
Gulfport, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was hesitant to go, but my Hubby wanted to take our Granddaughter. It was great, lots of animals rescued from people who thought they could keep exotics as pets. These people are doing a terrific service!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I make it point to visit Turpentine Creek every time we vacation in Eureka Springs. We always purchase items in the gift shop for ourselves and our grandchildren. The staff does good work and we learn something new on each visit.

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