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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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Sleeping With Cats

Imagine falling asleep listening to lions and tigers caroling just outside your window. At Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge doing just that is not a dream but a reality. Stay in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine falling asleep listening to lions and tigers caroling just outside your window. At Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge doing just that is not a dream but a reality. Stay in one of the two rooms right in the middle of the refuge - one actually has tigers next door! The rooms are large, clean, and comfortable. Turpentine Creek recently rescued... More 

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

MrBdeBub, Thank you for the glowing review. It really is an amazing and unique experience to stay overnight. Our secondary mission is to educate the public about the plight of big cats in captivity and we hope through our lodging that our animals can speak a little for themselves and help us educate people. We hope you have the chance... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing the big cats up close is always fun. Got to take the tour and learn something. Like that their mission is to rescue big cats. Stop by and visit and feel good about supporting a good cause.

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

Matt, Thank you for coming to visit. We appreciate your support and hope you get the chance to come back again soon. More 

Niles, Mi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This “Old Geezer” and his Wife say: “If you don’t visit Turpentine Creek to view the Big Cats and their other animals you are missing the Number One attraction in the Eureka Springs area. A visit to Turpentine Creek is a must!” This was my Wife and my fifth visit to Turpentine Creek and it will not be our last.... More 

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

"Old Geezer" and his Wife, We are glad that you enjoyed your past and present visits. It really is a very unique and exciting place to be. We are glad you enjoyed your overnight stay. Both male and female lions carol. Actually, our loudest caroler is Savannah a big beautiful female that lives right across from our Siberian and Bengal... More 

Sugar Land
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a wonderful place to visit and see all that is being done to protect animals that have been mistreated.

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

LShack, Thank you for your visit and wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience and hope you get the chance to come back again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited this rescue for over a decade. Each visit is better than the last. The work done here is amazing! For animal lovers/advocates, visiting here is a real treat.

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TCWR_Team_Member, Public Relations Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Garylandas, Thank you for your visit and your review. We appreciate your feedback and are very glad that you enjoyed your time at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. We hope you get the chance to come again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a wonderful time visiting the refuge and - in fact - it was the sole focus of my visit to the area. The mission of the refuge is to save these regal animals from some sketchy situations, education the public on the plight of wild animals in the US and provide some nice recreation. The facility itself is... More 

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

Cris S, We are so very glad that you came to visit Turpentine Creek! We always recommend taking multiple tours if you have the time. Every intern here has a different story to tell and by taking multiple tours you get a fuller experience. We are also glad that you enjoyed your lodging accomidations. We hope you get tthe chance... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's amazing what they do for these animals. You can tell that the big cats, and all the animals feel safe and a cared for. A very worthwhile trip.

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Thank Julie C
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review

Julie C, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for the wonderful comments. We try hard to make sure all the animals have beautiful spaces to call home. We do our best to also make sure our visitors enjoy the view. We hope that you get the chance to come back again really soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went on a guided walk tour - our guide was very nice, professional and educated. Enjoyed seeing so many big cats ... and, unlike many zoos, these cats seem to be quite happy with their surroundings. We also went down the smaller, self-guided portion of the reserve. We were lucky enough to view feeding time for... More 

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

Jon M. We are glad that you had a great time at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge during your visit. We do our best to provide our animals with the best lives possible in captivity and it reflects on their personalities. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit again soon. More 

Saint Clair, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The wildlife refuge is a wonderful place to visit. The staff are passionate about their work. The cats have good care and pens that allow the as much freedom as possible. The staff also were great at educating us about the issues that arise with trying to have these animals as pets. The only negative about the tour was that... More 

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

Jstock, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. We have been participating in large rescues over the past few years so many of our rescued animals have similar stories. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon and visit again. We are always changing, always evolving, and rescuing many new animals. More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 review

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. More 

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