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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: "With over 100 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 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 4pm (Summer) or 3pm (Winter). The refuge is open year round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.."
Reviewed May 27, 2012

Alot to see and enjoy. Very clean and well taken care of, Friendly folks.

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Reviewed May 27, 2012

Go online and learn about this refuge. This organization is a non-profit and if you have the funds available to support them, you will see/hear that your $$ is going to a good cause. Every cat has a story for how they were rescued. A key # is that there are roughly 20k big cats in the USA today that live with private owners. I can't even imagine that statistic.

1. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children.
2. There are up close and personal cages just past the entry area. Those cats are in virtual holding there until additional habitats can be built, but that takes CASH. :o)
3. It is a very clean refuge.
4. We arrived about 3:30. Toured the cage area for 30 min. The cats up close are amazing. Then we took the 4 pm walking guided tour. At 5 pm they feed the animals. Everyone was there to see them do this will large chunks of meat.

If you are a farmer in AR or MO with cattle, goat or horses, if one of them dies, you can donate them to the refuge to feed these carnivors. :o)

1  Thank Scott H
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

This non-profit sanctuary for big cats & other wildlife covers over 450 acres just south of historic Eureka Springs. They over guided tours, camping/RV sites, and the "Wild Side" Lodge. They also host a number of special events and are open year round. Well worth the price of admission and all funds go to caring for their wildlife.

1  Thank EricStuder214
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

We enjoyed the tour, were impressed with the cleanliness, and learned so very much!

1  Thank Brenda S
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

Turpentine Creek rescues what should be wild animals, primarily big cats, that were originally privately owned as babies. When they grew up the owners found out that they couldn't keep or care for them so the folks at Turpentine Creek stepped in.

This is the best big cat rescue my wife and I have ever seen. The animals are kept in excellent condition and the environment is great for them. This is so much better than a zoo and I am so glad that the staff shows so much love of these animals.

There are huge enclosures for the animals to exercise and feel like they are in the wild. There are also small enclosures for visitors to get a look. This place really is great to visit and is worthy of your support.

1  Thank CliffandJudy
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