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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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Great place

We enjoyed the tour of the refuge and the knowledgeable tour guide. She was very friendly and added... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Laci M
via mobile
Mother/daughter/granddaughters trip

This was a very neat place. To hear the stories of how they take care of the large cats and how... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
tmhavron76
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Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
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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...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the tour of the refuge and the knowledgeable tour guide. She was very friendly and added a lot to the tour! The animals were well taken care of and seemed to have all their needs met and more! Would recommend this to all,...More

Thank Laci M
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

Laci, We are very glad that you came for a visit. We do our best to make sure all of our animals are well taken care of, they are our top priority. We hope you get the chance to come back again soon and visit.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This was a very neat place. To hear the stories of how they take care of the large cats and how they took possession of them as well. Even with the colder weather, the cats were very active. We didn't do the walk through due...More

Thank tmhavron76
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2017

tmhavron76, Thank you for visiting. The cold weather might not be fun for us humans, but the animals love the colder weather and are usually more active in the cooler months than the warmer months. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and do...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This was well worth the admission of $20 per adult, especially considering all of the money goes to this non-profit rescue center. The animals were mostly all out for the 10am guided tour. I believe the guided tours are on the hour, and while you...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2017

Wittlejos, We are glad that you enjoyed the refuge. Thank you for your wonderful review and for your visit. We do hope you get the chance to come back again to visit and see the animals. Everything is always changing here, progress is being made....More

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Go when the weather is cool, and the animals are more active. The guide was knowledgeable, gave some interesting stories about the animals. It's a shame that these magnificent creatures have to be penned up due to the stupidity and greed of previous owners, but...More

Thank Curtis B
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2017

Curtis, Thank you for the wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your tour. We agree that we wish we were not needed but a sad fact is that we are. We hope to one day not be needed for rescue and maybe at...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

We brought my parents here. They were visiting from MN. My Dad has dementia and he really enjoyed the tour, looking at all the cats and living in the moment. It meant a lot to all of us. The young tour guide was very knowledgeable...More

Thank rottpamela
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2017

Rottpamela, Thank you for your review. We are very glad that you and your dad could enjoy the refuge making a life long memory for you and your family. We appreciate the support and for your help spreading the word about Turpentine Creek. We hope...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

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...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 9 March 2017 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.

Thank Matt F
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2017

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

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

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...More

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

"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...More

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

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

Thank LShack
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

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.

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Reviewed 26 February 2017

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 reviewResponded 28 February 2017

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.

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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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