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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Love Big Cats, Glad they have a good home!

Great wildlife rescue. So glad the animals have a good home. Very informative tour. Lots to see... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Anita B
Palm Bay, Florida, United States
Must do in eureka springs

Excellent place to visit when in eureka springs. This is a tiger/lion refuge. Do not tour the... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
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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
+1 479-253-5841
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Reviewed 1 August 2018

Great wildlife rescue. So glad the animals have a good home. Very informative tour. Lots to see. Would recommend overnight lodging. You get to here the big cats talking to each other during the night and morning after hours. Great accommodations, we stayed in the...More

Thank Anita B
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Excellent place to visit when in eureka springs. This is a tiger/lion refuge. Do not tour the place. One need to stay for night and enjoy the experience. Bengal / siberian suites are very close to the enclosure. Couldnt do tree house (adult only). Very...More

Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

We learned so much about the tigers. The self guided tour wasn’t very exciting there aren’t a ton of cats to see and we went in the middle of the day when they were all sleeping. The walking tour they take you on is awesome....More

Thank Brianne K
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

I am beyond happy to pay the entry fee to help these beautiful animals. Some sad stories but animal lovers will recognize and understand the victories in their stories as well. Beautiful cats and bears. Bring your own refillable water bottle,sunscreen and good shoes to...More

Thank shelsmiles
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the informative guided tour of the refuge. I learned so much about big cats and some of the abuses they were rescued from. The tour guide was very knowledgable, friendly, and keep a good pace to keep our group engaged.

Thank Revcarol1957
Reviewed 28 July 2018

My husband and I enjoyed our visit. I recommend going early in the morning or later in the afternoon when it is cooler to see the animals potentially moving around more. The intern who did our tour was very knowledgeable and answered lots of questions...More

Thank clarissawallace1
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

We were very impressed with the care the rescued animals were receiving. The habitats were well done with plenty of room for the animals. The staff had a passion for the animals. Take the tour and help support the facility.

Thank Carl R
Reviewed 27 July 2018

If you’re a fan of big cats, you gotta see this place. Been visiting for several years now. It just keeps getting bigger and better. Sad that some idiots think they can raise a tiger or lion like a pet, but when that fails, places...More

Thank dinglepub
Reviewed 26 July 2018

This is such a great rescue as they provide a lifetime home for abused and uncared for big cats. It's a wonderful thing to see these impressive amazing creatures happy on a hill in the Ozarks. And you can stay overnight and wake up to...More

Thank Rick C
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

The animals were very active, you can get closer to the animals then at zoos. The staff really care about the animals that they are caring for. Great experience!

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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
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
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.