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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Rea MO
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

they take in unwanted wild animals...very interesting tour...be sure and take the mile long walking tour with a guide...amazing what they do there

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Thank Robert B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location. Amazingly knowledgeable staff. Very clean. Animals were in well taken care of and loved condition. Beautiful cats and bears.

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Thank Kimberly F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For being a not for profit organization, it was pretty good! The tour guide gave really great stories and was very energetic. We got to see some of the big cats extremely close, and they seemed to be very happy and well taken care of. Neat place! Not very stroller or wheel chair friendly, though!

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Oh my!!! This is really a cause worth fighting for!! Turpentine Creek is a non profit, last refuge for many animals that were taken in by humans as pets or attractions for roadside zoos. For many of these animals it is the only way for them to have a life. The staff is so friendly and knowledgable about every animal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour was fascinating and it's wonderful that all the money goes towards helping rescue the animals.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing effort to do right by wondrous creatures. Visit and show support. You wont regret it.

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Sand Springs, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy drive to location, price is very good and all money goes to support their work. They do offer a discounted military rate. Beautiful animals to see and the guides that take you on the outside loop tour are very good at what they do. Walking the outside loop takes about an hour but most of that time is spent... More 

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Independence, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

loved going and visiting. First time was on Honeymoon and then took kiddos 10yrs later-amazing very informational and entertaining. Kids had an amazing time and we got wonderful pictures.

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