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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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Very informative

We enjoyed seeing the animals and our guide was great. She gave us a lot of good, interesting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lisa S
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United States
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Fun and unexpected

We had a beautiful day to see the Big Cats out and about. We also were able to see how the trainers... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
karenoatman
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Kansas City, Missouri
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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.."
  • Excellent81%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed seeing the animals and our guide was great. She gave us a lot of good, interesting information. You could tell she loved her job and the animals. It was nice to know we were helping to rescue these lions and tigers by visiting...More

Thank Lisa S
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Lisa S, our visitors play such a huge role in our mission! Not only do admission costs go directly to supporting our current animal residents and future rescues, but by taking the time to go on a tour and educate yourself about these animals and...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a beautiful day to see the Big Cats out and about. We also were able to see how the trainers work with the Cats on our visit. The animals have so much room to roam on this property and have been rescued from...More

Thank karenoatman
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, karenoatman! We're glad you managed to dodge some of the spring rain we've been having and had a nice day for your visit. Our enrichment training is always interesting to see! It's been a great addition to TCWR's enrichment regimen because not only does...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved visiting this place. We spent most of our time leisurely walking around, looking at the animals, learning their stories from the many interns. Next, we did a guided walking tour to see the rest of the animals. It is bittersweet to see these...More

Thank allicynwillix4
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Allicynwillix4, thank you for such a detailed review. We understand the bittersweetness you're referring to- there is nothing better than observing the positive changes that occur in our animal residents after they relocate here, but at the same time, we wish they would have never...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the grandkids to this big cat refuge. It was well kept, clean and obviously all about these grand creators who needed a safe haven. The tour, included in the price of admission is a walking tour. Our guide was very passionate and knowledgeable...More

Thank Sarajoecat
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit, as well as your well-rounded review, Sarajoecat! It was wonderful that you brought your grandkids along. As a GFAS accredited organization, we have certain standards of cleanliness and care that we uphold, and we're glad you took note of it....More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great family fun place. The tours are very informative. It was a great experience. You must go see Bam-Bam!

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

We're glad you had such as great experience, Greenelie! Bam-Bam certainly has many adoring fans. We hope you will be able to come back and visit him again soon.

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

While I hate that somewhere like this HAS to exist, I'm so glad it does. Anyone who has ever been here can attest to the fact that not only does every volunteer know each of these big cats by name, they can tell you their...More

Thank Ashley F
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and your wonderful review, Ashley! We love that you've had the opportunity to watch us grown and change as we do each year. When it comes to the need for big cat sanctuaries, we're right there with you; in a...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Being an animal lover, visiting here was hard. I am appreciative of the facility and the good they are doing, but I am saddened that some members of the human race exploit these and other animals for their personal gain and enjoyment. The facility itself...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Great point, jules72653! We love our animals dearly and are happy to provide a place of refuge to them, but we wish it wasn't necessary. We wish our animals did not have to experience the sad stories you were told. We are grateful that you...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Although it was very cold that day we still enjoyed seeing the animals and learning about their pasts.

Thank Joe W
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Joe W., wouldn't it be nice if Arkansas would make up its mind on its weather? We're glad you had a great time despite the chilly, windy day! We look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We spent the afternoon at this location. We took the guided walking tour. Our tour guide was very informative and knew a lot about each animal rescue. She spoke with passion and has a genuine love for what she does.

Thank Principal38
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Thank you for your visit, Principal38! We're glad you were able to take advantage of this nice weather and go on one of our walking tours. We can't wait to see you again!

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Loved walking around to see the animals, sad that they have to be here. Worth the time to get the tour and hear the stories of the animals. Would love to go back and hear the animals 'sing' sometime.More

Thank CMDO2014
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Hi, CMD02014. We often say that our goal is to "put ourselves out of business," and we are only half-joking with that statement. We hope that someday, there won't be a need for big cat sanctuaries because the exotic pet trade and private ownership will...More

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Hk570
23 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
23 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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