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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Very nice to see animals being taken care of in a positive manner

We opted to spend the night in one of the tents. They are very nice and even have a real door which... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
LynnMcC17
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Hartford, Ar
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Great facility that allows you to see wild animals up close and personal. The fact that these big... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2018
chiliskf
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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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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239 Turpentine Creek Ln, Eureka Springs, AR 72632-9185
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

We opted to spend the night in one of the tents. They are very nice and even have a real door which you can lock. Once the sun went down the A/C cooled off the tent and we even turned it off before bedtime. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank LynnMcC17
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Thank you for your stay, Lynn M! We are so glad you enjoyed your time. Our lodging department works hard to ensure guests have the optimal experience and can rest in a comfortable, clean environment. The tents can be very warm during the summer, but...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Great facility that allows you to see wild animals up close and personal. The fact that these big cats were previously mistreated makes it more special. Visit in late afternoon to experience feeding time.More

Date of experience: December 2017
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Hi, Chiliskf! :) Thank you for your review! We're glad you enjoyed seeing our animal residents. We don't advertise feeding time as open to the public, because it can be hit or miss on whether or not you get to see it due to scheduling...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018

What a great place to visit (and stay) Staff was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the animals there. Hearing the back stories about where the cats came from is a learning experience on its own. Nice to be in a place like this where...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Tim H
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

It was great hosting you, Tim H! It is our goal to treat our visitors and our animal residents with respect and kindness. We can't wait until you can come back again. Thank you for supporting our animal residents! :)

Reviewed 2 October 2018

Enjoyed learning about the big cats and hearing the stories associated with their rescues. Facility has a few hotel rooms and camping sites (a treehouse, too) for those who want to stay and be near the animals. Non-profit survives solely on visitors and donations.More

Date of experience: October 2018
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Hi, Denbur818. Thank you so much for your visit and for taking the time to leave a review. We're glad you found your visit both entertaining and educational. We hope the next time you visit, you'll be able to stay in one of our lodges...More

Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

This is a remarkable place dedicated to providing a safe refuge for these majestic animals! You HAVE to stay in the Siberian Suite! Unlimited access 24/7 to watch the beautiful Montana in his habitat from the comfort of your suite and sit out on the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mike-n-Terra
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

How wonderful that you got to stay in the Siberian Suite, teguittar! It books up so quickly- we're so excited that you got to experience it! Mr. Montanna puts on quiet a show. Thankfully, even if you can't book the Siberian on your next visit,...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Bravo to these guys for bringing the big cats to a place where they can live without fear of mistreatment. Turpentine is doing an awesome job by informing the masses of what happens when cats are put in situations such as Circuses, film and private...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Hi, aspen116 :) Thank you for your support! Education is the tool that will eventually stop the exotic pet trade and the exploitation of those still trapped in it. We appreciate your visit and hope you can come back soon!

Reviewed 19 September 2018

What a great work by many dedicated people. These animals are able to be viewed up close and personal and the experience is wonderful.. Take the tram--walking is arduous and takes too long. These are beautiful animals and you get to see them up close...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

We're glad you enjoyed your visit, MichaelOlivia! The walking tour should be a bit easier to handle now that it's fall, but you can't go wrong with our guided trolley. We hope you can come back to see us soon!

Reviewed 18 September 2018

We arrived in time for the first walking tour of the day and were fortunate to hear two lions roaring. The walking tour narrated by Hannah was excellent and educational. She was able to tell us the specific stories of each animal we encountered along...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Angela C
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

It's good to hear that you had such an excellent visit, Angela C! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

It was wonderful to walk around to see the animals in the self discovery part, as well as the tours. The interns were knowledgeable about all the stories for each cat. It was nice to hear that they have space for cats that are older...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Liz V
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Thank you for your visit, Liz V! We're glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 16 September 2018

Very interesting. Amazing tomheaevthe stories where the tigers came from. Unbeivable how many people buy big cats and then realize omg they get big.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janet S
TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Very good point, Janet S! People tend not to think when purchasing these large cats, but thankfully, with the support of people like you, they are able to have a good life at TCWR. Thank you for your visit!

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Dylan M
24 September 2018|
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Response from milesjanke | Reviewed this property |
They all have large enclosures to keep them happy
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grandparent05
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Response from Candy20010 | Reviewed this property |
Pets are not allowed
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lquinton48
30 May 2018|
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Response from Heather H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, visit the TCWR website for info. My personal recommendation is you are a couple is stay in the "adult only" Safari lodges. Next time we go, I am staying in the Siberian Suite which is right next to one of the tiger... More
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