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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
Phone Number: +1 479-253-5841
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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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Some folks want an exotic pet, so they but a baby leopard, or boa constrictor, a wolf, or maybe a small pig and the all grow up to be what they were born to be. Dangerous... read more

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Bartlett, Tennessee
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Bartlett, Tennessee
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125 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Some folks want an exotic pet, so they but a baby leopard, or boa constrictor, a wolf, or maybe a small pig and the all grow up to be what they were born to be. Dangerous, predatory, instinctual. Wild animals never lose their natural instincts and out of nowhere they attack. Turpentine Creek is a refuge for misfit, hybrid, illegal,... More 

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GRAND RAPIDS
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93 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Excellent guided tour; knowledgeable and passionate about the animals. Perfect for family's and people of all ages. The closest I have ever been to a large cat. Not the usual small cage zoo atmosphere with the animal hiding in the far back corner. Allow 1-2 hours. The tour is about 45m-1hr, then spend some time walking around the self-guided areas... More 

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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Avery was our guide through the park. She is an intern and is wonderful. She did an amazing job of telling us about the sanctuary and about each specific cat! We will definitely be coming back again to visit all the beautiful big cats again!

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent place for all ages! Experienced staff and knowledgeable guides help with the over all experience. I would recommend TCR to everyone.

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Shell Knob, Missouri
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed at the refuge and took the tour in February of 2015. It was a great all-around experience. The animals are beautiful and well-cared for in large pens. The keepers are devoted to their well-being. This is not a zoo--it's a sanctuary. The rooms are just beautiful (carefully decorated--this is not your standard hotel/motel room) and quite comfortable and... More 

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Little Elm, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is ok if you need to waste about an hour. I would not good out of my way to go here. My wife and I enjoyed this but don't ever plan to return

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

Jason, We are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. We would love to hear from you about how we could improve our guest experience. Please email lisa@turpentinecreek.org and let us know what changes you would like to see to make Turpentine Creek a better experience for everyone. Thank you, Lisa More 

Arkadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Your admittance fee goes to caring for the animals, so automatically it's a win. We got there too late for the tram tour (last one leaves at 3) but got to walk just at feeding time. The staff answered all our questions. Love the signs that tell the animals' stories- how they came to live at the refuge. Would love... More 

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

We are glad you enjoyed your visit Sheri! We hope you come back again soon. More 

springdale, arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Greatest Birthday ever!! Thank you so much Ike, Christine and Bethany you made a little girl very happy with your little gifts. Its not too often that people enjoy their "jobs" but the passion you 3 have, shows in everything you do! We will be helping support the refuge in any all the ways we can. We could easily see... More 

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

We are very glad that you (and especially Gabby) enjoyed your stay with us! We hope you get the chance to come back again soon! More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finally, I made the visit to TCWR! I am so glad I did and forced my family to take the tour. They were impressed. It was very educational. I was afraid we would get depressed, but the people here are providing the best possible life for these cats and bears!

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

Thank you for visiting. Yes some of the stories can be very sad, but all of our animals have a happy ending here with us. It makes the sad stories at least a little better. We hope that you and your family come again and take another tour soon. More 

Kingston, Arkansas
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I decided to go someplace for this last Veterans Day weekend (I'm 20 years Retired Army) and wanted it to be different but quiet...boy did we find a great place! We chose to stay in the Kilimanjaro Suite and thought it was great...what a great view, what a great cabin, just an overall really neat place to... More 

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