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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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+1 479-253-5841
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"With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine...

"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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I have visited this rescue for over a decade. Each visit is better than the last. The work done here is amazing! For animal lovers/advocates, visiting here is a real treat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have visited this rescue for over a decade. Each visit is better than the last. The work done here is amazing! For animal lovers/advocates, visiting here is a real treat.

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Thank garylandas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I had a wonderful time visiting the refuge and - in fact - it was the sole focus of my visit to the area. The mission of the refuge is to save these regal animals from some sketchy situations, education the public on the plight of wild animals in the US and provide some nice recreation. The facility itself is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's amazing what they do for these animals. You can tell that the big cats, and all the animals feel safe and a cared for. A very worthwhile trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went on a guided walk tour - our guide was very nice, professional and educated. Enjoyed seeing so many big cats ... and, unlike many zoos, these cats seem to be quite happy with their surroundings. We also went down the smaller, self-guided portion of the reserve. We were lucky enough to view feeding time for... More 

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Saint Clair, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The wildlife refuge is a wonderful place to visit. The staff are passionate about their work. The cats have good care and pens that allow the as much freedom as possible. The staff also were great at educating us about the issues that arise with trying to have these animals as pets. The only negative about the tour was that... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a truly wonderful visit; we learned so much about the animals, the staff, the founders and the people who think a baby lion will actually make a household pet!

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Sheridan, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife just loved the place. I thought it was cool because college age kids could get internships here in order to work with these animals in other parts of the world. Just keep this in mind when you are asked to pay the $20 entry fee.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took our daughter and my parents to TCWF last Saturday. I called earlier in the day to confirm the last guided tour time, and I ended the phone conversation under the impression that there would be a trolley available for my mobility-impaired mom. When we arrived, the young man at the front desk informed us that trolleys were a... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very informative, and fun. The guide answered all our questions and didn't hurry us through at all. we went on the last tour of the day

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped during the slow February season so we ended up with a personal tour guide as we were the only two on the tour. Heard lions carol, saw a flock of ravens attacking a hawk (not part of the tour, just a bonus) and an amazing cadre of tigers. Inspiring to see the dedication the young staff. Will go again... More 

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