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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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Excellent place to visit

This was a truly wonderful visit; we learned so much about the animals, the staff, the founders and... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
dgk62
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St. Petersburg, Florida
A worthy and genuine cause.

My wife just loved the place. I thought it was cool because college age kids could get internships... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
Marty L
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Sheridan, 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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This was a truly wonderful visit; we learned so much about the animals, the staff, the founders and the people who think a baby lion will actually make a household pet!

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

dgk62, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Part of what we do is to educate the public about why these animals make bad pets. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon and visit.

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

My wife just loved the place. I thought it was cool because college age kids could get internships here in order to work with these animals in other parts of the world. Just keep this in mind when you are asked to pay the $20...More

1  Thank Marty L
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Marty, Thank you for your review, we are glad you had a fun time here at the refuge. Our entry fees help us take care of the animals. Big cats are expensive to care for just for care and feeding it costs an estimated $10,000...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We took our daughter and my parents to TCWF last Saturday. I called earlier in the day to confirm the last guided tour time, and I ended the phone conversation under the impression that there would be a trolley available for my mobility-impaired mom. When...More

1  Thank Holly R
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Holly, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. The trolly is only run during the warmer months but we try to keep the golf cart available during the off season. We are glad that Jessie came to the rescue for your family. Our interns...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

very informative, and fun. The guide answered all our questions and didn't hurry us through at all. we went on the last tour of the day

1  Thank TLM77
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

TLM77, We are glad you came for a side trip to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Our interns are amazing people who are very knowledgable about their fields. We hope that you get the chance to come for another visit sometime soon.

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Stopped during the slow February season so we ended up with a personal tour guide as we were the only two on the tour. Heard lions carol, saw a flock of ravens attacking a hawk (not part of the tour, just a bonus) and an...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Jim B, We are glad that you stopped in for a visit. Our intern team is amazing. We love having them here and they are a great asset to our non-profit. Winter time is one of the better times to come. Even if us humans...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2017

We stopped by the refuge on our last day. They offer a walking tour around the outside of the habitats where they share the story of each animals rescue. Each animal has a unique story. Your visit will help to ensure that these beautiful animals...More

1  Thank Aaron B
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Aaron B, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your kind words and promotion of our facility. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon for another visit.

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Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

I had such a great time here! The staff was wonderful. It was clean. All of the animals seemed happy and healthy. Each animal had so much space. I would go back again in a heart beat.More

1  Thank Brenda K
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Brenda K, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We do our best to give each of our animals space to be as wild as they want to be. We continue to expand and improve our facility as funds become available. We hope you...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

We really enjoyed visiting this wildlife refuge. We took the guided tour which was really great and the intern guide was very informative. It is good to know that such a great place exists to rescue animals from people who thought these animals would make...More

1  Thank Diane Y
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Diane, We are glad that you got the chance to come out for a visit. We do our best to educate the public about the plight of big cats. These beautiful creatures do not make good pets and we are glad that we have so...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Non profit refuge. Our guide very informative. Lions, tigers, bears, ligers. Animals appear to be well taken care of. I would go back.More

1  Thank Andrew A
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Andrew, Awe are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We do our best to make sure all the animals that call Turpentine Creek home get the care that they need to live full, happy, healthy lives. We hope you get the chance to come back...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

This was our 2nd visit but the first for our nephews. What they do to rescuer animals is amazing. We hope to back during warmer months to stay in one of their cabins. If you like animals and animal conservation then you will love this...More

Thank Carol J
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Carol, We are glad that you enjoyed your second visit and brought us some future supporters. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon for another visit. We are always changing and evolving, every visit is unique. Staying in our lodging units...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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