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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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Lions, tigers and bears, Oh My.

In the Ozarks, 12 miles from Eureaka Springs: home of the largest sanctuary for hippys in the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Buster C
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First Time to Turpentine!

We LOVED it! We did the bus tour and we really enjoyed learning all about the refuge! The staff was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Summer R
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed yesterday 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
Reviewed yesterday

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!

Thank Summer R
Reviewed 2 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!

Thank korishea
Reviewed 3 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
Reviewed 3 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
Reviewed 4 days 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
Reviewed 4 days 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
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Their mission is awesome. We learned a lot from the exceptional well informed staff. We didn't know ligers existed outside of Napoleon Dynamite. The cats are happy and well cared for. Not sure what we were expecting. Glad we did the tour and helped support...More

Thank Kermitt84
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'm always a little hesitant about animal attractions I usually leave them feeling upset and depressed for the animals because of the fact they aren't in their natural habitat. I was very impressed with the care and thought that goes into the daily lives of...More

Thank Upzeedaisy
Reviewed 6 days ago

and such a Natural Habitat - Outstanding! Nice self guided tours and very informative. They have now their own vet service to care for the animals there. This is a non profit organization and take in many Unwanted, Unloved, mis understood animals that should have...More

Thank ARhorse
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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.
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.
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.