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“Beautiful animals, great cause!”

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
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Owner description: "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.."
Bella Vista, Arkansas
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Beautiful animals, great cause!”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

I wasn't hesitant to visit this refuge for big cats that have been rescued from God-knows-what. In short, I thought it would be depressing. However, the facility is lovely and immaculate, and it is so obvious how much these animals are loved and how well they are taken care of. It made me wish I could write a big fat check so that they can keep building new habitats. Be prepared to walk, as the grounds are rather extensive and a bit hilly. Go to see the beautiful animals and support this important cause. It's an experience you won't forget!

Visited July 2012
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Conroe, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“july vacation”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

loved this place. the kids loved hearing the stories or theses animals. loved the bear. kids loved watching the tigers and lions during feeding time.

Visited July 2012
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Plano, Texas
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Always a favorite”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Do not miss this place. It will change you. The animals are great, the people are great. You can learn a lot, you will want to stay and help with the animals. Go for the 5pm feeding. It is exciting when all the animals start pacing for their food.

Visited July 2012
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Frisco, TX, USA
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Meow”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

We didn't expect much when we arrived in the parking lot, but Wow! We were blown away and didn't want to leave for hours. Fantastic facility and staff.

Visited July 2012
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Sycamore, Illinois
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

If you love animals, this place is fantastic. Not only do you get to see big cats and other furry friends up close and personal, which is awesome, you are doing a great deed supporting their quest to rescue animals in need. We stayed overnight in the treehouse lodging, and had a wonderful time watching the tigers nearby play at dusk. You also absolutely can't compare anything to hearing those cats calling at night right outside your door. Great experience, can't wait to be back!

Visited July 2012
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