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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 February 5, 2013

We didnt visit the entire park as it was late in the day, we did go in and check out the gift shop and talked with some of the staff who were all very good natured and helpful. How sad the stories are of the conditions most of these cats were saved from. Turpentine Creek seems to care a great deal for these animals. I will visit hopefully in the future when we can spend the day..

1  Thank Clara R
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Having been to Eureka Springs several times in the past ten years, I was surprised that we had never decided to visit this place. I am glad we had a nice sunny day to go there in January, because this place tells a powerful tale of these rescued lions, tigers and yes even bears. I was pleased to get so much knowledge from the interns working here and to find out the story of almost every animal here. It is easy to see how a person could fall in love with these animals and want to have one as a pet, but you can't ignore the fact that some of them weigh up to 800 lbs when full grown. They are definitely not house pets, and it is sad to think that they must eventually be rescued and cared for in such large numbers. The work that is being here is amazing and it is a full time job, the people here love these animals and it shows. I recommend you go with your family it is reasonably priced and we went an hour before feeding time and it is quite entertaining. Lots of Cats letting their voices be heard.

Thank mrspbonkers
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

I took my Boy Scout troop up to TCWR and we all came away with amazing stories, pictures and memories. The staff bent over backwards to make this an exciting trip for our crew and the attendees are still talking about listening to the Lions sing us to sleep each night. This place should be seen by everyone. The staff and ownership are truly amazing animal lovers who care for these huge animals that have been abused or abandoned so they can live out their natural lives with some form of pride. I highly recommend a trip here for both kids and adults.

Thank Louis W
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

We visited this refuge while on a camping trip and it was really fun! The staff was incredibly knowledgable, there were some amazing animals and it was so touching to see and hear about the work that has been done with the rescue wildlife. A great place for kids and adults!

1  Thank HelenC504
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is a remarkable place saving the fate of big cats and other animals. Most of the animals here come from less than favorable backgrounds and the work they do at Turpentine is amazing. Saying that, please do not come with the expectation of snuggling up to a big cat or getting any closer than two fences away. These are wild animals in captivity. I would very strongly recommend planning to come for a habitat tour. This enhances the experience remarkably. We came in the morning for that tour and wandered around. Left for other Eureka Springs activities and then returned for feeding time.

Thank Angie S
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