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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Eureka Springs

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
239 Turpentine Creek Lane
Eureka Springs
AR
72632
Tel: 479 253 5841

Where are we going today?

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a licensed safe haven mainly for big cats, with current animals including lions, tigers, cougars and bears.

You visit via self guided tour and the enclosures and habitats are designed to allow numerous opportunities for up close encounters. At 4pm in winter and 5pm in summer the cats are fed, which brings a great change on their behaviours and is one of the best times to view the animals. All guests visiting the refuge at any time during the day are encouraged to either stay or come back (free of charge) to witness the feedings.

Also their Education Station allows kids to interact with things like big cat fur and whiskers, with easily understood displays explaining the physiology and medical needs of the big cats.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$15
  • Children$10
  • Free Under: 3 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Open every day, except Christmas Day. 9am to 6pm summer, 9am to 5pm winter.

Any Top Tips?

Habitat Tours and Keeper Talks are also available without booking, times are posted on site..

More information

Several annual seasonal events are held which are well worth watching out for!.

What people are saying?

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    The only reason I rated it two stars-Went hoping to SEE more than we did. If you are up for a hike, history on the lions, tigers and the refuge then you won't be disappointed but don't go expecting to SEE a whole lot. They said, if you wanted to actually SEE the animals it's best to come around feeding time. That would have been some helpful info before making plans to visit. I applaud the work they do 5 stars and feel like the money spent will help in that work but at the same time people need to know before showing up that their money is for...Read More

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    This place is great especially around feeding time at the end of the day. The animals are very active and ready for dinner. The people who don't like it did not take the tour or visit with any of the mostly volunteer staff. The tour gives you a lot of great information about the individual animals and hopefully helps people understand that keeping these animals in homes, garages, etc are not the best for the animals.

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    Call ahead to ensure time of tour. However, more importantly, call ahead and ensure you can make it for feeding time. I love that the place doesn't breed the animals. I love that they focus solely on rescue and not obtaining wild animals. It's sad to see them in cages but it is better than other places. Great tour guide intern: Maggie or Mandy??

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    Though by the end of our tour it was pouring rain and we missed out on seeing the whole place, I would recommend this place to everyone! Such a good cause and our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the animals and their stories. Great place to take your kids! All the proceeds go toward the care of these animals. Wish I had more to give!

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    My wife and I have visited Turpentine Creek a number of times over the years and have seen it grow and mature into a world-class must-see wildlife refuge for anyone visiting this corner of Arkansas. The place is amazingly clean and well-kept. The animals are treated with respect and love by an army of caring and knowledgeable staff members. Be sure to take the tour to learn about the facility and the animals. It is a real high to be within a few feet of nature's grandest animals, which become pretty excited around feeding time (around 5:00 each...Read More

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by Trish Lovelace

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The only reason I rated it two stars-Went hoping to SEE more than we did. If you are up for a hike, history on the lions, tigers and the refuge then you won't be disappointed but don't go expecting to SEE a whole lot. They said, if you wanted to actually SEE the animals it's best to come around feeding time. That would have been some helpful info before making plans to visit. I applaud the work they do 5 stars and feel like the money spent will help in that work but at the same time people need to know before showing up that their money is for a donation in the care of these beautiful animals but don't expect to SEE much.

by Larry Long

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My wife and I have visited Turpentine Creek a number of times over the years and have seen it grow and mature into a world-class must-see wildlife refuge for anyone visiting this corner of Arkansas. The place is amazingly clean and well-kept. The animals are treated with respect and love by an army of caring and knowledgeable staff members. Be sure to take the tour to learn about the facility and the animals. It is a real high to be within a few feet of nature's grandest animals, which become pretty excited around feeding time (around 5:00 each day).

The Weather

Tuesday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 42° F / 5° C
Humidity: 63 %
Wind: NNW - 6 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 37° F / 3° C
Humidity: 50 %
Wind: ENE - 9 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 34° F / 1° C
Humidity: 48 %
Wind: NNW - 10 MPH

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