Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs

Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
A peaceful sanctuary for big cats, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is home to leopards, tigers, cougars, and even black bears and ligers. Many of these animals came to the refuge wounded or neglected. The staff nurses the animals back to health and provides comfortable habitats. Volunteers staff the refuge and help care for the public access areas; they're also available to answer your questions. Use our Eureka Springs day trip site to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge on your trip to Eureka Springs, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I've wanted to visit for many years and yesterday I finally got to go! The weather was awesome and my husband and I had a great time! Our guide was very knowledgeable and most of the animals were...  more »
  • Visited here for 1 hour tram tour which we were the only ones on it. The guide told us many sad but also hopeful stories about the rescued cats. Saw many lovely animals and walked around after tour...  more »
  • We had a very well-narrated trolley tour around the facility yesterday afternoon led by Jessica during which we heard the sad tales of these magnificent animals. We were fortunate on this sunny but...  more »
  • Great place. All rescued animals housed in large areas that are well maintained. The animals are well taken care of and in great condition. They have their own animal hospital and vet on site. The people who conduct the tours and do a lot of the work are interns who are in training for work in the animal husbandry fields. Everyone was very friendly and willing to share their knowledge.
  • What an amazing place! Turpentine Creek is a rescue and sanctuary for Big Cats; Lions, Tigers, Leopards, and many more. They provide life-long support for these beautiful creatures, including excellent medical care! We spent a weekend in a great cabin with a view of 2 beautiful tigers right outside our window! The sheer number of animals, all within close up viewing range, is astounding! One of our best experiences was Coffee with the Curator where we had a 2+ hours long behind the scenes tour of the facility provided by one of the curators. It really gave us an understanding of what an important and wonderful job they do in caring for these beautiful cats! And we got to see a lot of these amazing animals up close! Another great time was watching the behaviour training, where we saw the staff members teaching the Tigers, Panthers and others how to interact with them up close. The rapport between the animals and their caregivers was incredible to see! After that we got to see some of the tigers playing with toys! Oh, did I mention the Grizzly and Brown Bears? All of this is right in beautiful Eureka Springs! We spent a 3 day weekend and did not get enough! We are going back soon! Highly Recommended!
  • Highly recommend everyone support this rescue organization! They are doing amazing things for their animals. We went when it was ridiculously hot so most of the animals were sleeping or in their little buildings. But we we’re still able to see quite a bit and the guide taught us a lot about their stories.
  • Large facility with lots of different animals to see. My favorite was the bear. It was amazing how close we could get to it. The staff were friendly and had fun activities for kids and adults alike such as finding animals on a picture. They were extremely helpful too, answering any questions we had. Verg family friendly and I'd definitely recommend visiting this place if you're in the area.
  • Great to visit for the day or stay a little while. We chose to stay in the Congo Lounge. Just Me And my son loved that you could sit on the back porch and hear the lions and tigers. Or relax in the Jacuzzi. Recommend to take the tour they do a lot of hard work and make it a great place for the animals.

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