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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
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"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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Had a wonderful time. Took the trolley tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell she really loved and respected the animals. Made the cats seem bigger than life... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Debra M
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful time. Took the trolley tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell she really loved and respected the animals. Made the cats seem bigger than life. Will definitely go again. Worth the trip!

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Thank Debra M
Missouri
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful, happy, well cared for animals. Rescues...everyone one of them with sad former lives! Really a highlight of our trip to Eureka Springs!

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Thank jrleep
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have wanted to go to this sanctuary for years now. My husband booked this weekend for us for our 20 anniversary. What I learned about what they do for these animals is just completely indescribable. If you r interested enough to read this review you need to go and experience it. What you see done here for these animals... More 

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the time too stop and watch lions and tigers and bears oh my! Seriously well run animal rescue facility. Staff/interns really love their work. Take the tour. Congratulations on your great work.

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Conroe, Texas
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Our visit today was meant to be just for fun to kill time but we had a great time. Very educational. We will visit again next time we are in town.

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Thank Beverly C
Garland, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful retreat for adopted big cats where they can happily live out their lives in peace. They have their own vet hospital on site. Some other types of animals also live there. Can take a vehicle tour or walking tour.

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Thank Carl S
Avalon,CA
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the time and money. I saw this place on Animal planet. They work hard to rescue animals. Trolley tour was great for people with disabilities.

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Thank Mary S
Lamar, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Check the times of tours. A self-guided is okay, but there are stories about the animals I missed. The animals were beautiful and seemed happy.

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Thank 784cheriq
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

784cheriq, Thank you for visiting, we hope you get the chance to come back again soon and see all the animals. Taking a tour is really the best way to go, you do hear more about the animals and see a different group of animals. Thank you for supporting our mission and helping us give these animals the best homes... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited while on our anniversary trip to the Eureka Springs area. Their facilities were well maintained and you could tell the animals were happy. They has a nice variety of big cats as well as bears and a monkey. It was fun watching two you tigers playing together and another one playing in a pool. For... More 

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Thank Stacy R
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Stacy, We are very glad you chose to spend part of your anniversary trip at Turpentine Creek. Staying overnight is a 'wild' experience but very fun. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon! More 

Webb City, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cool place to see big cats up close. We learned a lot about how white tigers and the poor health of wild animals that are kept as pets. You will enjoy seeing the animals and also learning about the lives of the animals. We plan to go back in the fall in stay in one of their... More 

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Thank Anne N
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Anne, Thank you for your visit. We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge and plan to return soon. The lodges are one of the best ways to experience the refuge. Thank you for your continued support. More 

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