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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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Great little adventure

Wonderful place - lots of Cats. We did take the driven tour - our English guide was great and you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
cookiesdad
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Worth a Visit

I found this place very interesting and worth the drive, as it is a little bit off the beaten path... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Martha F
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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 2 days 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.

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Reviewed 4 days ago 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were very impressed with this center. The keepers were highly informative and knowledgeable! We have been to rescue facilities in the past that were beyond sketchy but this is not one, this is a very prestigious animal care facility equipped with proper care requirements....More

Thank Holly D
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Holly, Thank you for coming to visit, we are glad that you enjoyed the refuge and that you think so highly of us! We try our best to provide quality care for the animals that call the refuge home. Thank you for your support, we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When looking this place up originally, I thought it was going to be some backyard zoo type thing because of the pictures, but boy was I wrong. This was a very nice establishment. Not only are the animals not taken from the wild, they are...More

1  Thank Emiline2016
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Emiline, Thank you for coming to visit, we are glad that you were pleasantly surprised about your visit. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit again soon. Thank you for your support.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming here for many, many years and it's amazing how far they have come. It is becoming state of the art and winning awards which are definitely deserving. The only way they have become so successful is because of the HEART they...More

1  Thank David P
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

David P. Thank you for your continued support! We can only do what we do because of our amazing supporters. Thank you for helping us care for these animals and spreading the word about our mission. We hope you get the chance to come back...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

this place is awesome. Artin the intern that gave us our tour was very friendly had a great sense of humor and answered all the questions we had. we had heard about this place a lot and are very glad we wentMore

Thank marshalls630
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

marshalls, Thank you for coming to visit, we are very glad that you enjoyed your tour with Artin. Our team is made up of amazing people that are very dedicated to what we do. We hope you get the chance to visit again soon. Thank...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Would highly recommend visiting if you have the chance. The staff was very friendly and the animals were incredible. Definitely would visit again.

Thank mpfishn04
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

mphfishn, Thank you for coming out to visit, we are glad that you enjoyed the refuge. Thank you for your support, we hope you get the chance to come back again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone recommended this place to us as we were planning our first trip to Eureka Springs. It's a marvelous activity, and be sure to take the [free] guided tour. Our young intern tour guide was quite knowledgeable and passionate about her work there. We learned...More

Thank hellodawntaylor
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hellodawntaylor, We are glad that you enjoyed your trip to Turpentine Creek. It is good advice to take the included guided tour although Free might be a bit confusing for some of our review readers. We do have an entry fee, but it is no...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love that there is a place like this for abandoned big cats, but I hate that people think it is a good idea to try and own a lion or tiger as a pet or use them for amusement purposes. These cats cannot be...More

Thank Partyof5FL
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Partyof5FL, Thank you for coming to visit, we are very glad you enjoyed your tour. It is wonderful that you believe that we are a good place to help educate the next generation about the plight of big cats in captivity and how it is...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time visiting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge! We spent the night in their Congo Lodge and visited the cats early in the morning. We went on a trolley tour around the perimeter and had a wonderful guide who told us all about...More

Thank Bethany L
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Bethany, Thank you for coming to visit and staying overnight in one of our lodging units. We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay and had a good time at the refuge. It is very beautiful in the spring and the weather is perfect...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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