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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013

This is an all around great experience. They do amazing, much needed work to save these animals. You can see the lions, tiger, tigons, ligers, bears, panthers, cougars, bobcats and coyote walking through the enclosures or on the very educational tram ride. Feeding time is pretty amazing. They have on site accommodations so you can hear the animals at night. We stayed in the tree house and had a great time. The staff is friendly and obviously dedicated. The best part is you can contribute to these great animals and see your money at work as they continue to expand and build new habitats to make life better for these beautiful creatures in their forever home. They really step up to fill the gap where people and our government has failed to protect these beautiful animals.

Visited October 2013
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Sulligent, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Such a great place to support”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013

If you care anything about animals, come visit the big cats and big bears at Turpentine Creek. The work they are doing to rescue these incredible animals is inspiring, the staff is extremely helpful and informative, and the animals need your love. There's not much shade on a hot day, but even in July the hilltop was pleasant. Try to make plans to be back at the afternoon feeding time. The sounds of all those animals roaring for dinner is amazing.

Visited July 2013
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“great place to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

Wonderful experience for all ages, great for families (espeically at feeding time). Very educational as well due to their work as a refuge. Very short drive just south of Eureka Springs. Also, they have nightly cabin rentals (did not stay there but with this place it sounds like fun)

Visited September 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“goo go GO!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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