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We took the tour and were greatly impressed with all that this place does for the animals. I... read more

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This wildlife refuge is one of the best I've ever been to. They take excellent care of all the... read more

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Loved walking around to see the animals, sad that they have to be here. Worth the time to get the tour and hear the stories of the animals. Would love to go back and hear the animals 'sing' sometime.

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Hi, CMD02014. We often say that our goal is to "put ourselves out of business," and we are only half-joking with that statement. We hope that someday, there won't be a need for big cat sanctuaries because the exotic pet trade and private ownership will be a thing of the past. We are advocating for a new bill, H.R. 1818, The Big Cat Public Safety Act, in order to make that happen. If you would like, you can visit the "Advocacy" tab on our website to find out how to support the bill.

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. The best times to hear the animals sing is first thing in the morning and later in the day. We hope you can come back experience that!

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Such a beautiful place to visit all the animals were beautiful. What did courage anyone to attend this establishment

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Thank you for your review, Marvin! We're glad you were able to enjoy both our landscape and our animal residents. We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

This was such a special place! Located about 6 miles south of Eureka Springs on route 23! The cats that TCWR had appeared to be healthier and in better condition that the many we had seen in large zoos. The intern guide that narrated as we drove around the refuge had only been there one month but she knew each cat by name, interesting, provided informative information and answered our eyes turns - and she only been there a month! The refuge provides a valuable service and provides the public an opportunity to see animals rescued - many from deplorable places and in bad physical shape. A new vet clinic has just been completed and works are in the making for a new welcome building which will be an improvement.

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Hi, Lovetobeonthego! Thank you so much for your visit and informative review. Our interns work hard from daylight to dark caring for the animals, and our staff is always surprised by how quickly they're able to find time to learn the required information about each one. It truly speaks to how much they love each of our animal residents.

We, too, are excited about our new welcome building. It will provide us with the opportunity to educate the public about our animals, as well as wildlife and conservation in general, on a deeper level.

We hope you'll come back to visit soon!

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Our family of 5 was impressed with the guided tour around the sanctuary. The staff obviously care about the animals. We were there at the end of the day and were able to watch them do some training. It was very interesting and enjoyable for the entire family (kids ages 2, 13 & 16)

Thank Sara E
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Sara, we're so happy you were able to bring the whole family out! We strive to be a family-friendly facility that allows everyone at every age to enjoy their time. Thank you for your visit, and we look forward to having you back soon.

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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

Turpentine Creek was recommended to us by our innkeeper. It’s very easy to find. Parking is more than adequate, and the staff is knowledgeable and accommodating. We did the last guided tour of the day. The cats were amazing to see, and learning about how Turpentine Creek rescues these animals was truly eye-opening. Towards the end of our tour we were able to see workers feeding some of the cats, and were treated to the lions roaring. It was a great experience.

Thank Amy E
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Amy, thank you for your visit! Feeding time is such an interesting thing to see, and we are glad you were able to experience it. Our staff strives to be just what you described us as, and we're happy you feel as though we are accomplishing that. We hope you will come back and see us again.

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