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This was our second visit here. There have been some changes. They no longer have the afternoon... read more

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Not a zoo, had to keep reminding myself it's a refuge for abused and abandoned large animals... read more

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

While I hate that somewhere like this HAS to exist, I'm so glad it does. Anyone who has ever been here can attest to the fact that not only does every volunteer know each of these big cats by name, they can tell you their entire history, and even tell you specific details about their personalities. They truly care and the work they are doing here is just wonderful. If you are on the fence, be sure to visit! I have been going long enough to have seen Bam Bam go from his small enclosure to his "Bear Mansion" as I call it and it's amazing to think that all of that is made possible by donations and hard work put in by interns and volunteers!

Thank AshleyF2403
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you for your visit and your wonderful review, Ashley! We love that you've had the opportunity to watch us grown and change as we do each year. When it comes to the need for big cat sanctuaries, we're right there with you; in a perfect world, TCWR would not be necessary, and we still mean it when we say our goal is to someday "put ourselves out of business. " Because of people like you who understand that big cats do not belong in captivity and who visit the Refuge and spread the word about our mission, hopefully, there will someday no longer be a need for places like us.

We look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Being an animal lover, visiting here was hard. I am appreciative of the facility and the good they are doing, but I am saddened that some members of the human race exploit these and other animals for their personal gain and enjoyment.

The facility itself was well kept, the animals appeared healthy. The intern-led tour was very educational. I would recommend a visit to anyone who wants to see big cats and bears up close and hear the unfortunate, entirely preventable, circumstances that led to the being there.

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Great point, jules72653! We love our animals dearly and are happy to provide a place of refuge to them, but we wish it wasn't necessary. We wish our animals did not have to experience the sad stories you were told. We are grateful that you understand that wild animals are not meant to be exploited as pets or props. Thank you for encouraging people to visit our Refuge. It is people like you who spread the word about the sad consequences that stem from keeping these animals as pets that are paving the future for a better existence for them. We hope you are able to visit again soon!

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Although it was very cold that day we still enjoyed seeing the animals and learning about their pasts.

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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Joe W., wouldn't it be nice if Arkansas would make up its mind on its weather? We're glad you had a great time despite the chilly, windy day! We look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We spent the afternoon at this location. We took the guided walking tour. Our tour guide was very informative and knew a lot about each animal rescue. She spoke with passion and has a genuine love for what she does.

Thank Principal38
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TCWR_Team_Member, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Thank you for your visit, Principal38! We're glad you were able to take advantage of this nice weather and go on one of our walking tours. We can't wait to see you again!

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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.

Thank CMDO2014
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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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