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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
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Owner description: "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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26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“goo go GO!”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

You cannot miss this place if you are anywhere near Eureka Springs. This is probably the closest we ever got to the Big Cats. For a non-profit organization this place has done a tremendous job! Special mention for all the volunteers and people who work there to make this experience so great. The guide (sorry I forgot your name :( ) told us about a lot of the Big Cats and how they landed up there. Definitely a great trip for any kind of group.

Visited November 2013
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Once in a lifetime opportunity to be almost face-to-face with these (sometimes rare) beautiful animals. The perspective is overwhelming. Hearing the lion roar five feet away from you will keep you on your toes!! Keep in mind that this rescue facility. The animals are in much smaller cages/habitats than zoos, but are being cared for rather than put down. Go at feeding time!!!

Visited November 2013
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Highland, California
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Great Experience”
Reviewed 27 November 2013

A great place to get up and personal with the animals. Be sure to take the guided tour which is very informative about all the animals and if possible, try to be there at feeding time. What's amazing is that all these animals were rescued from individuals that mistakenly thought they could keep them as pets.

Visited November 2013
Thank Marty1946
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Everton, Arkansas
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Big Cats”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

Turpentine Creek is Awesome took the whole family they all loved it had a lot of good Information on the Big Cats and the Guides are wonderful.... you can even Rent a Cabin here. Will take the family again..

Visited June 2013
Thank Kim B
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Olathe, Kansas
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35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't miss this!”
Reviewed 23 November 2013

Turpentine Creek Refuge was the highlight of our visit. Make sure that you take the guided tour (included in the admission fee). You will be taken back to areas that you cannot access on your own and the information offered up by the guides is fascinating. Much of what you see is put into perspective and you get a real feel for how much these people truly care about the animals. I would also suggest that you stay on the grounds if you can - their lodging is awesome and you get early in privileges.

Visited November 2013
Thank PeggyH58
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