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“Lions”

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Certificate of Excellence
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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 21, 2012

Large cats to see. It was hot. You could walk around on your own but if you wanted a guided tour, they were only on the hour. After walking around on your own, it was too hot to take the tour.

Thank bennett77359
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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2012

The staff and interns do all they can to make your visit memorable. We are sorry it was hot. We do offer trolly tours to help our visitors beat the heat. Please give us another chance to get a 5 star rating from you.

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This place not only offers a great place for abused, illegal and over-bread wild animals, but it also gets you up close with them and their stories; closer than any zoo and they weren't purchased for captivity! Do yourself a favor and take the guided tour! Also, if you decide to camp be warned that it is near impossible to get your tent stakes in but being able to hear the animals roar all night was pretty cool! Also, be prepared to pee outdoors or walk a million miles because the bathroom is NOWHERE near the campground.

Thank RangBacon
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Even though it was over 100 degrees when we visited we were able to see many beautiful lions and tigers and Bam Bam the Grizzly bear. You all do a wonderful job rescuing these awesome animals!

Thank gobluestl
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

What a great afternoon! The refuge has many large cats and a few other animals to view. What is amazing is how close you can get to the animals. We arrived around 3:00 in the afternoon and stayed until closing. The walking tour was full a great information about each animal and provided several opportunities for some great pictures. Feeding time was very exciting as the animals became very active. The refuge was extremely clean and the staff were all very wonderful. We'll be back; but next time with the kids.

Thank GDR_2011
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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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