Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a licensed safe haven mainly for big cats, with current animals including lions, tigers, cougars and bears, and they welcome families just like yours to visit!
Your experience to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will be an eye opening experience for kids, where they can learn all about these beautiful animals face to face.
Not only that, they can learn about conservation, and why it's so important for us to care for these creatures!
A journey through the refuge via a self guided tour allows you to make your way around the enclosures and habitats at your own pace, and these enclosures are designed to allow numerous opportunities for up close encounters.
At set times across the winter and 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.
The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge also offers a Discovery Area where you can venture around the park and see some of the smaller creatures, as well as special events throughout the year, including Kite Fest and Blues Weekend. Pretty cool!
A trip to this wonderful refuge not only educates the children and gives them incredible animal experiences, but invaluable learning experiences. Not bad for a family day out in Eureka Springs!