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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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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10th Anniversary

Stayed in the Kalahari Lodge for our 10th Anniversary. Learned a lot on the walking tour the first day. Then the 2nd day we watched the feelings and the training sessions. Very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stayed in the Kalahari Lodge for our 10th Anniversary. Learned a lot on the walking tour the first day. Then the 2nd day we watched the feelings and the training sessions. Very great place to visit and know your money is well spent.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We locals totally support this effort to give wild animals a safe and comfortable home. They are well cared for and not too caged up, but in a semi-natural setting.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For over 24 years, this wondrous non-profit exotic wildlife refuge has rescued big cats, bears, and other exotic wildlife that have been neglected or abused, or whose owners could no longer care for them. These beautiful creatures have been given a wonderful home for life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, where they are lovingly and expertly cared for by staff.... More 

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Blanchard, Ok
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a bit pricey, but not if you think of all of the animals they are taking care of. Each of the animals we saw were well cared for. These devoted employees know each of these animals and all work very hard to keep everything running smoothly. There were a lot of different animals to see here. We were... More 

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate your time here at the refuge. We are very thankful for supporters, such as yourself, who make it possible for us to care for such amazing animals. Take care! More 

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

We loved it. My grandsons came to visit. Was a great time for all of us. The adults loved it too. Thank you

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review. We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the refuge. Please come back and see us again soon! More 

Danville, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just returned home in Danville Il. from our 3rd visit to Turpentine Creek. Spent the night in the Tree House, Our granddaughters LOVED it!!!. This was their second visit with us and they are already talking about their next visit. The changes made for the benefit of the animals from our first visit 5 years ago are amazing, and those... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What can I say. This place does an amazing job rescuing big cats. They should be applauded and donated to for their work. They also had a new bear who languishly bathed and played in his big pool. He seemed very happy. Now as for the big cats, we saw tigers, lions, bobcats, panther, coati and a monkey. We paid... More 

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Thank Linda M
St. Louis, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister and I visited TCWR Saturday, Aug. 20th, 2016. It was a lovely refuge! They take in big cats (and they have a few bears) that have been discarded from private owners and ones that have mistreated and no longer wanted. They are firmly against private possession and ownership of big cats and animals like bears. You can definitely... More 

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

What a lovely review! Thank you for your kind words, we truly appreciate it. Our Carnivore Caravan Tours are a great way to get an exclusive look at the refuge and learn more about what it takes to provide these amazing animals with a safe and comfortable place to call home. We are happy to hear that you spent most... More 

Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This wildlife rescue is a highly dedicated facility to the rescue and well being of mostly big cats . It is a great experience especially at feeding time . Entrance fees affordable, experience rewarding , staff helpful and knowledgeable.

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! We appreciate you coming out to support the refuge and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time. We hope to see you back again soon. More 

Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The work they do here is really awesome. They rescue big cats and give them the best life they can. You get pretty close to them if you do the walking tour instead of the bus tour. At 4.30 they feed some of them. Chicken donated by Tyson. Was cool to watch them chow down on chickens. Lots of walking.... More 

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out and supporting the refuge! We are very thankful to Tyson for donating the majority of our meat for the animals. Our Behavioral Management Program happens at 4:30 every day in our self-guided area. This is a great time to watch the animals go through the program for medical purposes such as checking their teeth and paws... More 

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