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“Lions and tigers and bears (mostly lions and tigers)”

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: "With over 100 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 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 are available from 10am until 4pm (Summer) or 3pm (Winter). The refuge is open year round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.."
Reviewed 9 May 2014

A serious rescue facility for large cats (one monkey and a few bears), TCW provides more than just humane care for animals who were being raised by individuals who somehow didn't know that lions and tigers get big and for small zoos which have gone out of business. The habitats for these beautiful animals are constantly being enlarged, the staff is well informed and truly love what they do. This is NOT a zoo. It is a new home for animals who have been mistreated, neglected or simply have to have a new home, and a not to be missed education. My grandsons love the place!

1  Thank Clare K
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

As an animal lover and advocate, I felt very grateful for the dedication and commitment that the folks at the refuge have toward all the animals and their concern for each and every animal's well-being. Because of the need for more funds, too many of the animals are still in cages, which was very sad. But they are committed to having natural habitats for ALL the animals -- hopefully by the end of the year. Paws crossed, donations needed! Some of the natural habitats are terrific; some are smaller and more boring. I loved how they had special habitats for the elders. One of the bears had a pond and seemed happy. All of the animals are loved and cared for and lucky and in good hands. This place deserves our support and applause. Take the tour -- it is worthy

Thank Devajoy
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

This is a really wonderful sanctuary for big cats, and a few of their friends. Take the easy half-mile, one hour tour and an enthusiastic intern will share stories and quirks about each of the cats. I was amazed at how large the cats are when you see them up close, and very sad to learn how large the exotic animal trade is in the US. I was not able to visit at feeding time, but I heard from several folks it's great. They also have several bears, a coyote and a some other animals that have come to their door in need of rescue.

Many of these animals had painful paths to Turpentine Creek, and you can easily see they have a peaceful and safe place to live out their lives now. Tours and purchases in the gift shop help support the refuge. You got a big checkbook? Give them a donation. They have ambitious goals to get all the cats into their own habitats and to build a vet clinic on site. This is a place that puts the animals needs and personalities first to give them the best quality of life possible. It's a place you'll feel good spending your money.

1  Thank LHinkle
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Well worth visiting! The photo tour allowed us to get absolutely amazing photos that would have been impossible otherwise. The staff is amazing and very helpful.

Thank cindy e
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

These are magnificent animals who have had horrible things happen to them before they arrived at Turpentine Creek. The staff and volunteers are so dedicated. Nothing that can be faked, they truly love and care for these beautiful animals.

1  Thank CarleyFamily
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