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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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Unique up close experience

Enjoyed an afternoon at the refuge. Nice sanctuary for these cats (and bear). Nice to know there is... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2017
Michelle K
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Better than a zoo

This is a large animal sanctuary, home to many animals but mostly large cats. They have lots of... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2017
Jeremy D
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Little Rock
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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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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed an afternoon at the refuge. Nice sanctuary for these cats (and bear). Nice to know there is a place for these majestic creatures that have been in unfortunate circumstances.

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

Michelle, We are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon.

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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is a large animal sanctuary, home to many animals but mostly large cats. They have lots of tigers, several lions, and even actual ligers(lions bred with tigers). They claim to have bears but I didn't see any. They were all hibernating I guess. I...More

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

Jeremy, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit, even if it was a bit cold. The animals don't mind the cold. Yes, the bears are a bit scarce in the winter time but we have 13 of them now. We hope you get the...More

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Reviewed 7 January 2017

This group is doing wonderful work for "homeless" large cats and other orphaned large wildlife. A joy to see these beautiful beast being taken care of this way. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

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

Cecema, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and took away some wonderful information. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit again often.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

We took our grandchildren to visit the refuge. The staff is wonderful. They love these animals and will give you lots of time and information about each tiger, lion, bear and other rescued animals.

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

CambellHCC, We are glad that you and your grandchildren enjoyed the refuge. Our interns and staff are very knowledgeable about the animals and care for them deeply. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit again soon.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

The refuge is amazing! I was shocked to hear the stories behind these beautiful animals and how they came to be at Turpentine Creek refuge. All the animals are so cared for and loved there in their forever homes. We were there the week after...More

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

Martha Griffin, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to TCWR. Enrichment is our favorite part of the day. Seeing the animals enjoying our hard work is very rewarding. We hope that you all get the chance to come visit again soon.

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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

The staff was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The cats of course gorgeous and loved every minute of the visit

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

April, Thank you for stopping in for a visit. We hope you get the chance to come back and visit again soon.

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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Come here every year! I love it so much and it's a wonderful thing what they are doing to help rehabilitate all the animals!

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

Kristin, We are glad that you enjoy coming to the refuge so much. So much is happening here! We hope to see you for our 25-year anniversary celebration in April.

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

On our way home from Eureka Springs, we decided to make an unscheduled stop to visit "the place from Hotel Impossible." For the record, it was about 15 degrees outside so we opted to just visit the main office and gift shop. We encountered a...More

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

Danielle Patton, We are glad that you at least got the chance to speak with someone. The cooler season can be a bit rough but the animals love the cold and are usually really active. We are glad that you saw on on Hotel Impossible...More

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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

This refuge takes in big cats ( also, they had some bear) when owners can no longer care for exotic animals they have purchased, etc. It is sort of like visiting a dog/ cat shelter on a much bigger scale! A lot of dedicated volunteers...More

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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

Dear Vintagegreenjeans, We are glad that you understand and support our mission. We are working on a lot of projects to improve our facilities. The summer can be a bit overwhelming, we do offer an air conditioned trolley tour and we are working on some...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

A visit to Turpentine Creek is a must see if you like wild animals. Take the guided tour to really get a full appreciation of these animals and the work done at the refuge. There is nothing like seeing these animals up close - the...More

Thank 2katlady
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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

2katlady, We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope you get the chance to come back soon. Thank you for the wonderful review.

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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
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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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