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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
+1 479-253-5841
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A very educational visit with a knowledgeable and obviously dedicated staff. The tour is near the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bruce P
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Tulsa
Great experience. Learned a lot. Beautiful animals!

We did the walk through ourselves, then went on the tour. The tour was very informative. The lady... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
nathanwilliams7
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Searcy, Arkansas
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"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.."
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A very educational visit with a knowledgeable and obviously dedicated staff. The tour is near the habitats, which provided great viewing.

Thank Bruce P
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your visit, Bruce. We're glad you enjoyed yourself. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We did the walk through ourselves, then went on the tour. The tour was very informative. The lady that led our tour was very friendly and knowledgable about all the animals, where they came from, and how to help them. Would highly recommend the refuge...More

Thank nathanwilliams7
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We enjoyed having you, Nathan! Our interns, who lead the tours, care very deeply about our animals and that passion tends to pour out with their knowledge. Thank you for supporting our animals residents. We hope you'll come back soon!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved visiting this place. The staff is very knowledgeable of the animals and takes pride in the care of them. We bought coats in the gift shop and they are excellent quality. I highly recommend visiting this place as a couple or bring the...More

Thank Terry L
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It was wonderful having you, Terry! Thank you for supporting us and representing us with your new TCWR coats! We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our innkeeper suggested going to Turpentine Creek. We are so glad that we did. The visit was fun and educational. We will recommend to all of our friends.

Thank adamdriscoll
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to visit us. We try to ensure our visitors not only enjoy themselves but leave having learned something they didn't know before. We can't wait to see you again!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is such an awesome place right here in Arkansas! Better than the Little Rock zoo in my opinion and this place is truly good for the animals! This place has my heart!

Thank Jordann D
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We're so happy you enjoyed your trip to the Refuge, Jordann! We so enjoy having fellow animal-lovers visit! Thank you for your support. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on around 3:00 pm, on a cold day in late January 2018. They have a discounted Senior fee. We saved $10 on the two of us. We took the guided tour. The guide did a great job explaining the mission and operation of...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for coming to see us, and for providing so much valuable information here for others! We're glad that the tour was not too hard on your knees. In a few short weeks, we will start running our trolley service again. It's a great...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love coming here! Each cat and the other animals have such a heartbreaking rescue story, with a few exceptions. There are big habitats for almost everyone and they keep building. Unfortunately in Missouri it's legal to breed and sell exotic animals so turpentine is...More

Thank Schaan B
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Schaan, Thank you for your continued support! We are very glad that you enjoy visiting the refuge and the animals. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit again soon. Thank you for giving such wonderful advice, though feeding time isn't what...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was not sure about this place then I thought I would listen to the reviews and a I glad I did. The stories of most of these animals is heartacking but the fact they are here for life makes one feel warmed. Well worth the...More

Thank Ken W
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ken, We are glad that you decided to give our refuge a chance. We appreciate your support and hope that you get the chance to come back again to visit soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful place - lots of Cats. We did take the driven tour - our English guide was great and you knew she cared deeply for the place. It is a little pricey but for a couple of hours it is not a bad value.

Thank cookiesdad
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Cookiesdad, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the refuge. We hope you get the chance to come visit again soon.

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Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

I found this place very interesting and worth the drive, as it is a little bit off the beaten path. The tour did get a little bit long, but the intern provided interesting information and was very passionate about saving these big cars from animal...More

1  Thank Martha F
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Martha F, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge and the tour. Our half-mile tour path can be a little long for some people to walk but we do offer cart or trolley tours during most of the...More

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Hk570
22 September 2017|
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Response from cmattull2017 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can see it all in one day. We got there about 3 in the afternoon. We took the walking tour, which is not that long, but the kids took time to watch all of the animals. We then went into town and had dinner and... More
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Hk570
22 September 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
Thank you for reaching out. We typically recommend between 2 and 3 hours at our refuge. Although, we do have overnight lodging that is a whole different experience that can also be fun.
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VicCNJ
17 May 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
At our refuge, our safety fence is about 5 feet away from our habitat fencing. Depending on where in the habitat the animal is you could be as close as 5 feet away.
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