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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632
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+1 479-253-5841
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"With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine...

"With over 130+ 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 attractions in Arkansas and the most popular in Eureka Springs. Lions, cougars, leopards, tigers, and bears are displayed in large natural habitats surrounding the main compound enclosures and gift shop. Each animal has its own story/history plaque for self-guided tours and over night accommodations are available via the Safari Lodge, RV park, and camping facilities. Guided tours available and popular daily feeding times are 4 p.m. (winter) to 5 p.m. (summer). The refuge is open year round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.."

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Excellent place to visit

This was a truly wonderful visit; we learned so much about the animals, the staff, the founders and the people who think a baby lion will actually make a household pet!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a truly wonderful visit; we learned so much about the animals, the staff, the founders and the people who think a baby lion will actually make a household pet!

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Sheridan, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My wife just loved the place. I thought it was cool because college age kids could get internships here in order to work with these animals in other parts of the world. Just keep this in mind when you are asked to pay the $20 entry fee.

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our daughter and my parents to TCWF last Saturday. I called earlier in the day to confirm the last guided tour time, and I ended the phone conversation under the impression that there would be a trolley available for my mobility-impaired mom. When we arrived, the young man at the front desk informed us that trolleys were a... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

very informative, and fun. The guide answered all our questions and didn't hurry us through at all. we went on the last tour of the day

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped during the slow February season so we ended up with a personal tour guide as we were the only two on the tour. Heard lions carol, saw a flock of ravens attacking a hawk (not part of the tour, just a bonus) and an amazing cadre of tigers. Inspiring to see the dedication the young staff. Will go again... More 

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Tulsa, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped by the refuge on our last day. They offer a walking tour around the outside of the habitats where they share the story of each animals rescue. Each animal has a unique story. Your visit will help to ensure that these beautiful animals will live out their days in a safe and secure environment.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had such a great time here! The staff was wonderful. It was clean. All of the animals seemed happy and healthy. Each animal had so much space. I would go back again in a heart beat.

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed visiting this wildlife refuge. We took the guided tour which was really great and the intern guide was very informative. It is good to know that such a great place exists to rescue animals from people who thought these animals would make good pets and them found out that they were indeed wild animals. They also rescue... More 

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Lake Ozark, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Non profit refuge. Our guide very informative. Lions, tigers, bears, ligers. Animals appear to be well taken care of. I would go back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our 2nd visit but the first for our nephews. What they do to rescuer animals is amazing. We hope to back during warmer months to stay in one of their cabins. If you like animals and animal conservation then you will love this place. I recommend taking the guided tour so you can see and learn more about... More 

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