Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs: Hours, Address, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 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 are available from 10am until 3pm.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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2,388 reviews
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Brian J
Bentonville, AR190 contributions
Have a roaring good time
Feb 2021 • Family
Well run facility. You can tell they care about these rescued animals. You can get so close. I have been several times and the best visit was toward the end of the day. Feeding time is the best
Written December 1, 2021
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Hi Brian, Thanks for supporting us with your visit! Just so you know, we don't feed publically anymore - we used to years ago. The closest thing to that is when we do behavioral training at 8:45 in morning with small pcs of chicken. Thanks again for your ongoing support! Take care.
Written December 2, 2021
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Marilyn W
Marion, OH212 contributions
Well worth a visit - and maybe an overnight stay
Nov 2021
The cats seem so contented here. So often big cats at zoos are pacing endlessly, but here they seem relaxed. Many were near the fence where they could be seem easily, or sleeping up on a platform. The black leopard was purring so loudly playing with his ring that I could hear him purr twenty feet away. These beautiful cats seem well taken care of and it is a special treat to to be able to see them. The interns are entheusiastic about being there to care for the cats and the tram tour is well done. For a special treat consider staying overnight in one of their lodging units.
Written November 30, 2021
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Marilyn, thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us, and we appreciate your support! Hope to see you again soon. Take care.
Written December 1, 2021
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Cynthia B
Long Prairie, MN102 contributions
Well worth the visit
Oct 2021
Our tram tour guide was very well versed in the refuge. Sad story about these poor abused animals. Well worth the visit.
Written November 27, 2021
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Hi Cynthia, thank you for supporting our animals with your visit. Hope to see you again.
Written November 27, 2021
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ACM
7 contributions
One of a kind cat sanctuary
Nov 2021
The entire experience of the tour and overnight stay is definitely worth your money. Family oriented.
Written November 25, 2021
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Thank you for supporting us with your visit and review. Hope to see you again~ Take care.
Written November 26, 2021
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Melinda B
Wilburton, OK29 contributions
Bam Bam!
Nov 2021 • Couples
I've wanted to visit for many years and
yesterday I finally got to go! The weather was awesome and my husband and I had a great time! Our guide was very knowledgeable and most of the animals were out enjoying the sun! The stories of the rescued animals were sad but I couldn't help but be happy for them! They are now healthy, happy, well fed, pins are clean, and most of all they are loved! I now need to say that my favorite animal at the cat sanctuary was Bam Bam the grizzly! Lol he was very entertaining! Bear yoga is so much fun to watch!
Written November 12, 2021
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Melinda, thank you so much for sharing your experience. You, and supporters like you, make everything we do possible. Hope to see you again soon!
Written November 13, 2021
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maapar
Mount Pleasant, SC756 contributions
Impressive , inspiring place to visit
Nov 2021 • Couples
Visited here for 1 hour tram tour which we were the only ones on it. The guide told us many sad but also hopeful stories about the rescued cats. Saw many lovely animals and walked around after tour to see them . They are doing an amazing job rescuing and caring for these animals. They try to give them enough room to roam a bit and they are well fed and they give them toys to play with. We saw a tiger gnawing at a pumpkin and another playing with a huge ball. Very impressive work!
Written November 11, 2021
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Thank you for supporting our animals with your visit and the nice review. Hope to see you again soon. Take care.
Written November 11, 2021
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PamnCecil
San Antonio, TX61 contributions
Lovely sanctuary doing important work
Nov 2021 • Couples
We had a very well-narrated trolley tour around the facility yesterday afternoon led by Jessica during which we heard the sad tales of these magnificent animals. We were fortunate on this sunny but cool day that the animals were lazing in the sun in their enclosures, so we were able to admire them as they dozed. After the tour we walked the whole Discovery Center and looked at each of the animals again and read their stories. We came away better informed about the problems of private ownership of wild animals and efforts underway to protect the animals as well as their (under-informed?) owners.
Written November 8, 2021
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Thank you Pam & Cecil, for supporting our animals with your visit. Take care.
Written November 9, 2021
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David B
Somerville, United States83 contributions
Amazing work these folks are doing!
Oct 2021
Big cat refuge where they take in abused and otherwise mistreated lions, tigers, etc....primarily BIG cats. They have created as natural a habitat possible for these creatures to live out their remaining days, fed and well cared for! Recommend the approximately one-hour riding/narrated tour around the refuge. Then you can take as long as you want to walk through the refuge....perfectly safe, the animals are all in secure enclosures. Great gift shop to obtain gifts, shirts, caps, etc and make donations to the work this incredible place is doing! If you are in the Eureka Springs area, this is a must see!
Written November 2, 2021
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Hi David. Thanks so much for the nice review. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us. Hope to see you again!
Written November 2, 2021
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jderr930
Little Rock, AR2 contributions
Great Place - Great Purpose
Oct 2021 • Friends
The tour was our favorite part of our day at Turpentine Refuge. We learned about each animal and how they came to the refuge .
But the greatest caveat is the sole reason the refuge exists - to save animals from different types of bad lives.
The entire staff is devoted and focused while making visitors feel a part of their
lives and purpose.
Wonderful is not a strong enough word to describe this refuge.
Written November 1, 2021
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Wow. Thank you for your kind words. We couldn't we do anything for these animals if it weren't for the support of you, and others like you. You all make everything we do possible!
Written November 2, 2021
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Dale S
tulsa,ok15 contributions
love this place.
Oct 2021
We love this place soooo much we bought season passes so we can enjoy it every time we are in town. the staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.
Written October 28, 2021
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Thank you so much Sisco4! Your support makes everything we do for these animals possible! We appreciate you. Looking forward to seeing you again. Take care.
Written October 28, 2021
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