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“Must GO!”

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 November 11, 2013

It was a great experience! I am not sure if the adults or the children enjoyed it more in our group:) It felt good to see how the Refuge has stepped in and taking these animals in that may not be here today if they hadn't. They also had a cute little gift shop as well!

Thank Cherish B
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

I knew almost nothing about this place before we got here. I was surprised at the cost ($15 per adult), but after taking tne tours and listening/learning from our guide, I know the money is going to an excellent cause. We saw a bear, bobcats, leopards, lions, ligers and tigers. There are plaques that tell the animals' stories - most involving the mind-boggling thought that their previous owners thought they could be pets. The staff at the refuge is knowledgable and obviously dedicated to making the animals' remaining years comfortable. Their work to improve the facility is ongoing and is made possible through donations and sponsorships. Absolutely a must-see if you love animals.

Thank k1d2
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Turpentine Creek Animal Refuge is a fantastic place run by fantastic people. You can tell that they have started with nothing but a caring heart, and every day they are working to improve their facility. We have been twice this year. Once with our 17 year old son (he loved it) and once with our 5 year old grandson (he loved it) We loved it both times. The first part can take 30-60 minutes, and the walking tour is another 45 minute tour.

Thank RTG-travlin
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

This place is unique and you really need to see it. Turpentine Creek offers asylum to big cats, mostly tigers, and a few other large mammals who are mostly the victims of human greed or stupidity. Sadly, some of the cats are inbred, and some are monstrosity mixed breed: i.e. lion-tiger crosses.
TCWR is largely staffed by interns and these young people are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We would highly recommend the hourly walking tour to get a sense of the work that goes into caring for these animals and to learn of how each individual animal got to the rescue facility.
Here’s what is not: it is not a conventional zoo with a selected variety of animals. No manicured grounds. Not a breeding facility. The mission is pure: to allow rescued and discarded big mammals to live out their lives with dignity and the best of care. Bravo, Turpentine Creek.

Thank Mitch B
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Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

I adore animals & this place is wonderful. You can hear the back stories of the animals when you take the tour. We could have spent the day here. My husband talked to some of the tigers and they talked to him too. If we were millionaires we would donate so much to this place. I could go on & on.

Thank Lornadooone
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