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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

#2 of 67 things to do in Eureka Springs Features Animals
239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
+1 479-253-5841
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cool animal rescue location

This location is very interesting. It's always fun to see big cats and bears. The animals here... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sondra G
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Lake Jackson, Texas
Educational and Fun

Great information about large cats in the United States. Go as soon as they open to see the cats... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kristinashy
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Austin, Texas
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"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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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This location is very interesting. It's always fun to see big cats and bears. The animals here have been rescued from other locations where the owners were breeding them unethically or illegally, or who were no longer able to care for them. You get to...More

Thank Sondra G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great information about large cats in the United States. Go as soon as they open to see the cats playing and moving around, especially in the summer months. Our tour guide, Hannah, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank kristinashy
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kristinashy, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to our refuge. Our team is full of passionate and knowledgeable people. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon. Thank you for your support.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Because it was so hot out my wife and I chose to take the guided tour which is done in a very comfortable air-conditioned bus. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about all the different animals such as lions tigers bears as well as others...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for coming out to visit. It can be really warm in the summer time and we usually recommend that visitors come first thing in the day or towards the end of the day to avoid the hottest part of the day. Big cats,...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

In the Ozarks, 12 miles from Eureaka Springs: home of the largest sanctuary for hippys in the central USA ( are we great yet?) is a well run non profit big cat, bear and what ever wild critter needs a forever home rescue camp. It's...More

Thank Buster C
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Buster, Thank you for visiting. We do our best to give our animals the best lives we can in captivity. We really wish the big cats could live in the wild but due to human choices, they have been sentenced to life in captivity. It...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

We LOVED it! We did the bus tour and we really enjoyed learning all about the refuge! The staff was extremely nice! Our favorite part was meeting Bam Bam the bear! We plan on bringing Bam Bam some root beer barrels next time!

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Summer, Thank you for visiting us. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and we know that Bam Bam will be excited about those root beer barrels when you bring them. We hope you get the chance to come back really soon.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent staff. Very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do! Cats and bear looked very happy and we were able to see all of them!More

Thank korishea
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Korishea, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge. We do our best to make sure our animals live the best lives possible in captivity. Enriching the lives of our animals is a major part of our daily activities....More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Athens is one of the big cats that we adopted a few years ago and we always are so impressed with how well she is doing.

Thank pktrotta
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Pktrotta, We are glad that you continue to come back to see Athena and the other big cats. Thank you for your continued support.

Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our 4th or 5th time to visit Turpentine Creek. They have done so much work, and now most of the animals have a large grass enclosure with which to spend their days. The animals are beautiful. This was our first time taking the...More

Thank lisagB2121ZD
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

lisagB2121ZD, Thank you for your continued support. We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge. Perhaps next time you come out you can check out one of our lodging options for an overnight adventure it is another great way to experience the refuge. We cannot...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My mom and I had visited TCWR back in 2015 on a trip and loved it. This time we had the privilege of staying in the Bengal Suite overnight. It was amazing. The room was comfortable and cool, and we had 2 tigers right next...More

Thank Robin A
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Robin, We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge in 2015 and continue to come back to visit. Listening to the animals sing is the most amazing experience. We really are glad that you came back and continue to support the refuge. We hope to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed two nights in the Zulu Lodge area at Turpentine Creek and enjoyed the experience immensely. Hearing the animals communicate during the night is like nothing else. I suggest taking the tour of the refuge at the beginning of your visit, if you are...More

Thank Elizabethssmall
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Elizabethssmall, Thank you for coming to visit. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your overnight stay. The poem is rather lovely, we will have to share that. Hannah and our other interns are all amazing and passionate people, we are very lucky to...More

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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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kansastraveler2015
14 March 2017|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
We are open every day of the year except for Christmas. Summer hours are 9am-6pm and winter hours are 9am-5pm. Summer and Winter hours follow daylight savings time.
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calliestapler
12 December 2016|
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Response from TCWR_Team_Member | Property representative |
Great question! Currently the lodging is $175 per night and $20 extra per person. Check out our website for more information.
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