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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web
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. Arrange to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and other attractions in Eureka Springs using our Eureka Springs vacation trip planner.
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  • Our tour guide Suze did a great job of explaining the background stories of all the animals that live at the sanctuary. I had no idea that so many large cats were purchased by private owners and then ...  read more »
  • I can't even remember when we first visited Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, but our grown children have children of their own was that long ago....and we still make a point of visiting ever...  read more »
  • wonderful place for these animals to spend their days.The staff are very knowledgable and friendly ,We loved the tour with Allie,we even spotted a small snake ! The cats and their friends are looked a...  read more »
  • Love it people are friendly ,knowlageable, and let you go at your pace. You get pretty close to them safely, I got some great pics. If I lived closer I'd go all the time!! You gotta go check it out!!!!
  • I brought my wife for her first time here and she loved it. I've been here several times and still enjoy it. It's been 8 +/- yra, so a lot has changed. It was raining lightly and 20 degrees cooler so most the animals were out to see and moving. Didn't have a chance to do the walking tour cause of rain but would recommend it over riding the bus if possible. Would see and hear more, plus better pictures. We did bus that day and suggest passengers side sitting. Most the animals are on that side. Well worth the money and it's for a good cause.
  • We came near the end of the day after the last guided tour went out. They offered us passes to return the next morning to take a guided tour, which was nice. We did the self guided, near the 5pm feeding time(which is no longer offered for view by the public contrary to signs and ads). Several of the bears and tigers were extremely active, despite the heat. The pathways are not conducive to baby strollers, nor is there alot of shade.
  • Awesome refuge for wild animals! Although we didn't get to see very much because of the time of day and way the enclosures are laid out we had a wonderful time exploring and hearing these beautiful animals' stories. Well worth the $20- especially since all proceeds go to helping the animals. The staff was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Great place to check out if traveling through the area!
  • Love the cats! Love how the volunteers love the animals as well! The whole experience with Turpentine Creek is wonderful. Ever have a chance to visit, get your ass down there. Well worth the donations to give back to the animals. The story behind each animal is tragic, then they are given a place to be a wild animal and to live out their days with no fear of starving, neglect, fear of the unknown, or untrusted humans! Awsome place
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