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“Fun for the Kids”

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.."
Arkadelphia AR
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54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fun for the Kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

This big cat/other animal rescue provides a wonderful experience for kids. The refuge is constantly building habitats for the animals that they have rescued, and there are plaques that explain where the animals lived prior to being brought to Turpentine Creek. Some of their stories are sad and some comical. The animals in the smaller pens are the ones on a waiting list for a habitat, and they all look as they have been well cared for. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The highlight of our visit was watching one of the employees scratch the ear of a female mountain lion through the fence. She actually meowed and then purred like a house cat. I would recommend going at around 5 p.m. when they feed the animals. We were there in the heat of the day, and baked on the walking tour.

Visited June 2013
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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of my favorite places ever!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

I've been going here every year since I was a kid, and I look forward to it every time!! I'm studying Captive Wild Animal Management, so I've seen plenty of zoos, refuges and conservation areas, but this is the best wildlife refuge I've ever been to! They're working hard to get all their animals into spacious enclosures, all of which are gorgeous, and they do a great job educating their visitors about the problems of individuals owning big cats in the US.

Visited May 2013
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Vilonia, Arkansas, United States
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best place ever !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

This was our second visit and it is so great to see all the animals !! I tell everyone about it. We will go back again and would like to stay the night.

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Pat J
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Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fun to place to visit and great mission to support”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

The people here are doing wonderful work and I would like going just to lend my support to this worthwhile endeavor. However, it is a fantastic and fascinating attraction. Go during feeding time.

Visited August 2012
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St. Louis
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Want to go back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Went here last year. Was a wonderful experience. I'd like to go back when it is cooler weather though. Eureka Springs was so unique and Turpentine Creek is a must see while you are there.

Visited July 2012
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