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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

"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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What a wonderful experience. Seeing all these rescued wild animals in their compounds instead of cages is great. The staff is extremely knowledgable and delightful. Every penny... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Overland Park, Kansas
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Overland Park, Kansas
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a wonderful experience. Seeing all these rescued wild animals in their compounds instead of cages is great. The staff is extremely knowledgable and delightful. Every penny goes to taking care of the giant cats. Well worth the time and money. We return every opportunity we get.

Thank BillieLerner
Springfield, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went here without any preplanning so we were unsure what to expect. I was surprised to see the animals as we drove up. We walked through the entry building and out back and did a self tour of the cats and bears that were outside. We chose not to do the guided tour or tram tour that takes you... More 

Thank reney313
Swansea, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

On-site accommodations are worth every penny since you get an up close and personal experience with large cats, help these dedicated people with their mission to save over 100 abused and neglected animals, and get a really nice place to stay during your visit to the Eureka Springs area

Thank _derry2005
Port Neches, Tx
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to spend the day. The refuge is an amazing place that rescues large cats, and a few bears. All animals there have signs outside the habits with their rescue story, name, and age. The tour was very fun and informative. There is an easy half mile walk around the enclosures but they offer golf carts to people with... More 

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Bixby, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

all rescued animals from places in the states, some rescued from apartments (???) and various other unacceptable "habitats"

Thank Chris H
Tipton, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Refuge is different from most of this type. They provide continuous care for rescued animals rather than rehabilitating them and returning them back to the environment. We took the walking tour and our guide Allie was exceptional in that she not only provided us with appropriate information but you could sense that she sincerely loved what she was doing.... More 

Thank Ron S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is not a zoo, but a retirement home for big animals purchased and surrendered when the owners were unable to care for them. Lots of information gleaned on our tour. Go early in the day as lions, tigers and bears don't get out much in the heat of the day! All money received goes to the care of the... More 

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

Thank you for your review about Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. You are correct that we are not a zoo. We are a big cat rescue, we do not buy, sell, or trade animals. Was there any way we could have made your experience better? Please email us and let us know how we could have improved your experience. Please email... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My, 80 something year old, Aunt and I visited the Refuge on a Thursday. We took the riding tour because of the steepness of the terrain and age. The intern guide was very knowledgeable about the animals and the facility. The stories can be pretty graphic, but since it was only the 2 of us on this particular tour, I... More 

Thank dazigner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had never been here before but love animals and wildlife so we thought it would be a nice place to check out. It is about 7 miles from town which is nice to get away from everyone else. The place itself was very clean the animals all looked happy. The guides are very knowledgeable about every single animal. From... More 

Thank Amie D
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I live in Eureka Springs, so I am a little biased about this place! Turpentine Creek is for all ages. The guests that stay with us love to visit there. It is very well run and the animals are delightful. Even though the cages are not like you would see in a top notch zoo, everything has been done in... More 

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