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“Feeding time is entertaining!”

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 August 19, 2012

Boyfriend and I stopped by here last minute. We came right when they were feeding (at 5pm) and that was great to watch! The cats move and growl and chuff and it's really thrilling. If you've never seen a big cat up close, this is the place to go. These animals are lucky :) they seem to be happy finally.

Thank Sara M
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Great tour with touching stories about how the cats came to their new home. Go around 3:30, catch the 4:00 tour, and then be there for the evening feeding thereafter. The whole family will love it!

Thank scratchba
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

This place was great. Its a wildlife refuge, not a zoo, and on each animals' area there was a sign telling the story of their history. This is a great, feel good place. Make sure to check out Bam Bam the bear. He is SUPER entertaining!

Thank Missarose37
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Everyone should see this it is both heart warming what is being done for the animals and sad to learn about their history and see how cramped they are compared to their wild habitats. We did a volunteer project after our wedding that was a bit discombobulated, but it was good to help out. If you have a group going you should definitely contact them to see if you could help out with something for a couple hours. If you are going to Eureka springs and want an awesome place to stay you should check out their rooms. I didn't' stay in them because I didn't know about them but I really wish i had...

Thank Surreallycool
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

A while back our local news had a story about the police raiding a private, traveling circus that had folded. A lion, tiger, and other large cats were the casualties – they were being kept in small cages where they could barely turn around, and were malnourished and without water. Who could care for such mistreated animals? The answer is simple… Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. They take in suffering and ignored animals from all over the country, and give them an incredible quality of life. Turpentine Creek isn’t a zoo – it’s a place of refuge, and as a visitor, you have a chance to watch the people who work there caring for the animals. It’s an opportunity for you to see the big cats up close and personal. You’ll shed tears at some of the animals’ stories, and turn around and laugh at their antics at their new home. The owners and staff are literally angels – and you’ll come away with an incredible appreciation for what they do. No trip to Eureka is complete without a visit to Turpentine Creek. It’s a wonderful experience!!!

Thank whois23
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