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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
+1 479-253-5841
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Outstanding Large Cat (and Bear) rescue

This was a professionally run operation that provided a good view of the rescues. The enclosures... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
jonathanbartley
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Winston, Georgia
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We Loved the Cats

This place is so amazing. Getting to see the beautiful cats was the highlight of our trip. Please... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
beckyewing2017
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Walnut Ridge, 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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  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“big cats” (388 reviews)
“guided tour” (136 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a professionally run operation that provided a good view of the rescues. The enclosures are very well done and the animals are receiving excellent care. This place is for you if you like seeing big cats and bears being cared for in a...More

Thank jonathanbartley
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place is so amazing. Getting to see the beautiful cats was the highlight of our trip. Please don't miss this attraction if you are in the Eureka area

Thank beckyewing2017
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Beckyewing, Thank you for coming to visit, we appreciate your support. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon.

Reviewed 5 days ago

Turpentine is a great educational zoo experience. The fees are reasonable and there are neat options for lodging if you have the time. Tours are performed by a highly educated intern staff and you can really tell that they care for the animals. It's not...More

Thank Dave44535
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dave, We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge. Thank you for going into more detail on your review about the fact that we are not a zoo. Our goal is to rescue animals in need and educate the public about the exotic pet trade....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had so much fun, learned a lot about the animals, and took many pictures. We did the 1/2 mile walking tour (starts on the hour) and it was perfect. There is a trolly tour (starts on the half hour) but it is $5 per...More

Thank Christina F
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Christina, Thank you for visiting the refuge! We are glad that you enjoyed your tours. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so amazing! Its family owned and operated! The staff is very knowledgeable and they know each animal by name! Fun for all ages!!! They even offer two different types of tours walking or riding!

Thank Brittany C
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Brittany, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the refuge. Thank you for your wonderful review and support. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon, we are always trying to improve our facility to make the experience better.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going to Turpentine Creek for about 15 years or so and it just keeps getting better and better! It's not like a zoo--the workers there are very knowledgeable about the animals and are more than happy to educate you. The enclosures for...More

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

Michele, Thank you for your continued support, we are glad to have you as a loyal supporter. We hope you do get the chance to enjoy our lodging option soon. Thank you for coming to visit so often.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Well last year was more fun because the white tiger ran along the fence line with my 32 year old son like either he was chasing a meal or playing. My grandson loved it. This year the Tiger was lazy. The bear still hasn't been...More

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

Mikeofokc, Thank you for coming to visit, bit cats are a lot like your house cat, they do what they want when they want. The best time to come is first thing during the day, the animals get enrichment are a little more active. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our 2nd stay in one of your Safari Lodges, and we had a wonderful, though brief, visit this November! Neither my husband nor I get around that easily these days, so we bypassed the historic downtown altogether this time. The guided tram tour...More

Thank scrib521
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we went to Eureka on a spur the moment decision about a year ago and heard of this place, surprised to find out tickets were $20.00 we decided it'd be something we checked out 'next time'. Well a year later we took a week and...More

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

Yaya T, Thank you for coming back and making it a priority to visit us. We work hard to not only make sure our animals get the best lives possible in captivity, but also make sure our visitors enjoy their experience at the refuge. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of beautiful wild animals. They looked happy and well-fed. The facility was clean (didn't stink) and the staff was nice. Loved it!More

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

Ischultzzzzz, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad that you enjoyed the facility and found our facility clean (and smelling nice). We do our best to give the animals the best lives possible in captivity and make sure our facility is well kept....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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