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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.."
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We really enjoyed our stay in the Siberian room next to Donna and Pebbles. It was a wonderful experience to sit on our porch and listen to Tigger, Thor and other lions and tigers caroling in the early evening. We will be back, hopefully with friends. Turpentine Creek does a wonderful job of pampering these wonderful animals.

Visited July 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri
1 review
“A great place to visit for people of all ages!”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

I recently took a photo tour while my family took the regular tour and wandered around visiting the various animals. First I must say that in the past 4 years things have changed greatly! Many of the animals are in enclosures with access to a grassy enclosure, pools and climbing items. There are just a few animals left in the compound at the front, it used to be full! They are working hard with the help of donations to build enclosures for all of the animals. When you visit MAKE SURE TO TAKE THE TOUR! You get a history of the various cats and their rescues (as well as the Bear and other animals). You will also learn a lot about the Refuge and how these changes have been made possible. If you love photography take a photo tour, 2 hours with a staff member escorting you to photograph first thing in the morning as the animals are being let out into the enclosures. This is a very active time and of course you learn even more about all of the animals. I can't say enough positive things about this place. I look forward to visiting again soon!

Visited July 2014
Thank Penny S
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Bosworth, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Beautiful Animals, Great Cause”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

My boyfriend & I visited Turpentine Creek over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I was a little taken aback by the $20 ticket price, and we paid an extra $5 each for the trolley tour. But the intern reminded us on the tour that the money goes to building habitats for the animals that are rescued from unhealthy environments. The staff was wonderful, and very knowledgeable! We enjoyed seeing the animals in the morning, but decided to get a free day pass and come back for feeding time! So cool!! Totally worth the money.

Visited August 2014
Thank katiekall
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Durant, Oklahoma
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“wild recreation”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

Impressed with the mission purpose behind the refuge. Wide variety of felines, including ligers. Feeding time was intense with the lions but cool to spectate.

Visited July 2014
Thank katmarie7
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Searcy, Arkansas
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Neat place to visit.”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

This is a great place for families. The stories of each animal is neat to hear. Take the guided tour and go during feeding times for the best experience

Visited August 2014
Thank Deanna8769
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