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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 hearing the lions caroling all night long!

We have visited before but spending the night in one of the glamping tents was a much better visit... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2018
sharonsG2367YY
Amazing!!! Do NOT Miss Visiting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Rescue

Amazing wildlife rescue with equally amazing staff and volunteers. ABSOLUTELY take the guided... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Laura C
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Ashland City, Tennessee
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed April 20, 2018

We have visited before but spending the night in one of the glamping tents was a much better visit to this wonderful refuge.

Thank sharonsG2367YY
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Sharon! We are glad you enjoyed our glamping tents. We try to make them as comfortable as possible while still allowing guests to get that true "camping vibe." Please come back and visit us again soon.

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

Amazing wildlife rescue with equally amazing staff and volunteers. ABSOLUTELY take the guided tour. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and educational. They will share all sorts of interesting stories about the background of the cats; the quality of the way in which they treat and...More

Thank Laura C
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Laura, we're glad you found your visit so informative! Thank you for leaving such a detailed review. We do hope to cut down on our "time share" habitats so each of our animal residents can be in a full-time grass enclosure, and as you said,...More

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Reviewed April 9, 2018

What an amazing and informative place to visit. It makes one proud to know that there is a facility right here in Arkansas that honors, respects and cares for abused and mistreated animals - mostly big cats. There is an informative walking tour as well...More

Thank daydream2018
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2018

Thank you for your visit and your cat-tastic review, daydream2018! We're happy you had such a wonderful experience. We can't wait to see you again.

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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We did the walking tour with the intern, Astrid was excellent. In 2 months time she has learned a lot about the refuge and did well speaking on the tour and answering a variety of questions. This refuge does a fantastic job of caring for...More

Thank Rachel9496
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Thank you for your visit, Rachel9496! We do have some fantastic interns, and we'll pass your compliment along to Astrid. They work very hard. We appreciate your kind words and are so happy you enjoyed your time here!

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

They love their animals and take great care of them!!! Bam Bam the bear is a ham! The tigers are beautiful!!

Thank Amanda Y
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Hi, Amanda Y. Thank you for coming to see us! Bam Bam loves seeing everyone who comes to the Refuge. We think our tigers are gorgeous too, but of course, we are a bit biased. :) We hope you get to come again soon!

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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

TCR gets better each time with more open spaces for the animals to roam. Our intern tour guide was very knowledgeable. Thanks Chloe! Take your time exploring the grounds and have fun watching all the cats.More

Thank lrSk8er
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Hi LrSk8er! Thank you for noticing our progress. We try hard to continuously evolve as a sanctuary to provide the best living experience possible for our animal residents. We have a great group of interns, and we'll be sure to pass your compliment on to...More

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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

This is our third trip to the refuge. See the best of humans as they rescue wildlife that people have abused/discarded. They receive no government funding and rely on donations and proceeds from tours, gift shop sales, and accommodations. Please check it out and remember...More

Thank SandyK1962
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

Thank you for being such a great supporter of the Refuge, Sandy. We hope you will be able to make your fourth visit soon. Also, thank you for aknowledging the hard work of our interns.

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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

I am a high fan of cats. Other then it cold and rainy it was a lot of fun to see all the different cats. If you are a cat lover as I am this place is a must.

Thank ndaafarmer
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

We love fellow cat-lovers, ndaafarmer! The weather this time of year can be pretty unpredictable, but we're happy you didn't let it stop you from having a great time. We hope the weather is puuurrfect during your next visit!

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Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

What a wonderful experience! We had about 20 minutes to explore the self guided area before our tour started. The guided tour lasted about 45 minutes and our guide was full of information. She is truly passionate about animals. Most of the big cats were...More

Thank Amy B
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2018

Hi, Amy B! Thank you so much for your visit. We're glad you were able to come at a time when our big cats were feeling active and talkative. We hope you'll be able to return soon!

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Reviewed March 27, 2018

Very interesting place to visit especially with the history behind the refuge! We loved watching the the big cats, bears, and the little monkey.

Thank Phyllis H
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2018

Thank you for your visit, Phyllis H! We're glad you got to see our little monkey, Goober! He can be very picky about when he comes out to say "hello." We hope to see you again soon.

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Hk570
September 22, 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
September 22, 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
May 17, 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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