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“Loved the animals!”

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.."
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“Loved the animals!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

We absolutely loved the animals! We took the walking tour but felt very rushed. The guide started off by saying she was behind. It was supposed to be a 45 minute tour and ended up being 25 minutes and the group was so large you couldn't hear anything. Bam Bam the bear was so fun to watch. I would recommend going around 5 for feeding time because in the morning, most were sleeping.

Visited July 2013
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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“linda and rod carrier”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

they are so well taken care of very friendly people and id go again to see all the up grades to the place

Visited June 2013
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Missouri
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“An education on dishonest animal trade”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Turpentine Creek is an education on the sad and disgusting practice of wild animal buying/ breeding/selling. Most of the animals are blind from inbreeding, have no hunting skills and have been declawed by previous owners. The refuge takes in these abused and neglected animals and builds small-med sized pens for them to live out the rest of their lives. I think it would be most interesting for kids 10yrs and older. It's not a zoo atmosphere, the pens and grounds are primitive and the walking tour trail is an uneven gravel rock path. This is the #1 attraction in Eureka Springs I'm guessing due to the amount of ppl that visit. The refuge is located in a hilly field with little to no shade. There were probably 50 ppl on our 11am 1/2 mile walking tour.
+'s: learning about wild animal trade, guides are knowledgeable
-'s: animal viewing is limited, overall atmosphere is sad, limited shade

Visited July 2013
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Weatherford, Texas
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“Great time with kids!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

The folks at Turpentine are doing a great job of caring for these wild animals. We visited at 5:00 during feeding time and it was a great experience. We missed the guided tour, which probably would have made the trip better, but still enjoyed seeing some of these amazing creatures up close. Worth the price of admission, especially for young kids, and would recommend to anyone.

Visited June 2013
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Edgerton, Missouri, United States
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“Don't miss feeding time!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stopped in at Turpentine Creek just in time for feeding time (5 pm in the summer). It was pretty amazing seeing the big cats as they waited very impatiently for their meal, and then super exciting watching them as they ate! Definitely recommend going!

Visited June 2013
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