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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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Loved the Cats

Some locals recommended that I see turpentine creek. I am so glad that they did. It was such a... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
joleenpotts
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Shreveport, Louisiana
Fun afternoon!

My previous visit to Turpentine Creek was about 9 years ago. I was very impressed by all of the... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2017
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

Some locals recommended that I see turpentine creek. I am so glad that they did. It was such a treat. I will fondly remember this part of my trip to Eureka Springs. If you come to this area, please be sure to see the cats...More

Thank joleenpotts
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Joleenpotts, Thank you for visiting, we are glad that you gave our refuge a chance. We hope you get to come back again soon and possibly stay overnight with us next time. Thank you for your support.

Reviewed 6 December 2017

My previous visit to Turpentine Creek was about 9 years ago. I was very impressed by all of the changes since then. We were very pleasantly surprised to also find out that our admission fee included a 45 min guided tour around the backside of...More

Thank faliperigrin
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Faliperigrin, Thank you for returning to the refuge for a visit. We are always working hard to make our refuge better for the animals that call it home. The tour is a bit of a trek, but for someone with hip or knee problems, they...More

Reviewed 6 December 2017 via mobile

What a great service this establishment is doing for the wildlife community! To walk through this large cat refuge is amazing! They have a great variety of big cats that have been rescued. Very interesting experience!

Thank Bismarck1956
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Bismarck, Thank you for your feedback, we are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the refuge. We hope you get the chance to come back for another visit soon. Thank you for your continued support.

Reviewed 28 November 2017

We were really impressed with the knowledge of the tour guides and the facilities. The number of animals and size of the refuge was impressive. Definitely call ahead to make sure you are there while they are doing a tour. We went on the 3PM...More

Thank Brennan V
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2017

Brennan, Thank you for visiting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, we are glad that you enjoyed your trip. We hope you get the chance to come back soon for another visit. Thank you for your support.

Reviewed 19 November 2017

My wife and I visited TCWR and stayed in one of the safari lodges (do yourself a favor and check them out as well). The staff at TCWR is incredibly knowledgable and passionate about the animals. The guided tour is about 1 hour and includes...More

Thank Michael P
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Michael, Thank you for visiting. We are glad you enjoyed your overnight stay at the refuge. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon, thank you for your support. Have a wonderful holiday season.

Reviewed 16 November 2017 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

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Jonathanbartley, Thank you for coming to visit the refuge. We are glad that you enjoyed your trip and do hope you get the chance to visit again soon. Thank you for your kind words, we work hard to provide our rescues the best lives possible...More

Reviewed 14 November 2017

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 15 November 2017

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

Reviewed 13 November 2017

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 15 November 2017

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 11 November 2017 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 15 November 2017

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 8 November 2017

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 15 November 2017

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.

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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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