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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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+1 479-253-5841

"With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine...

"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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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has done great things for the animals they have rescued. It's nice to know that their sad stories have a great ending.

Reviewed 16 May 2016
Joan M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has done great things for the animals they have rescued. It's nice to know that their sad stories have a great ending.

Thank Joan M
Clemson, South Carolina
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Reviewed 15 May 2016

My boyfriend and I spend two nights here, the cabin was cute and quaint and had a hot tub and fire pit in the middle of the 5 huts. At night you got to hear the lions oofing, and the other cats making noises. It was awesome. You can just tell how much love and care they put into making... More 

Thank leahleopard
Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

Huge cats and bears! The $20 guided tour was worth it to hear the stories about each animal and how they are cared for. Plus, you get the chance to see more animals awake since they sleep 18 hours a day. A lot of walking, so I wouldn't recommend the guided tour for small children or people with disabilities. The... More 

Thank Angela M
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
2 reviews
Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

This place is amazing, from the knowledge they have to the animals they save. They have names for the animals, take proper care, and truly want to have this place grow to have a safe place for these animals. Please go check them out!!

Thank kayvlee1
South Arkansas
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 10 May 2016

While the stories of the rescues of these beautiful animals are often sad, they are now living happier, healthier and safer lives at TCWR. Hopefully, with education, places like this will become unnecessary in the future and wild animals will be left to live as they should - in the wild, not as house pets. But in the meanwhile, I... More 

Thank Jamie S
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 reviews
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

A place you just have to try for your stay to Eureka Springs. You have to stop by and see for yourselves. You won't be disappointed.

Thank jatomblin
Fort Worth, Texas
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Sad stories with happy endings. Beautiful animals. Informative staff. So grateful for places like this that take animals from bad situations.

Thank BucketBound
Salem, Missouri
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

Our guided tour was very informative. We loved hearing all the different stories and seeing them up close! Bam Bam the bear is very entertaining!

Thank Willie00w
Sherwood, Arkansas
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51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

We visit Turpentine Creek every time we stay in Eureka. It's one of the largest facilities of its kind (459 acres) open to the public anywhere in the world. Just 15 mins from downtown. What a wonderful place to keep these glorious animals. $20 per adult is a steal. Price for kids depends on the age. Nice little gift shop... More 

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Amarillo, TX
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

Lions, tigers, and a bear! Oh my! A few minutes outside of town, this was definitely worth the short drive. All animals have been rescued and will live out their lives at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Take the trolley around the property to hear more about the cat's stories - beware some are heart-wrenching.

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