Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs

4.7
#1 of 29 in Wildlife in Arkansas
Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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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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  • This is a wonderful sanctuary of rescued lions and tigers. They do incredible work and the park personnel are very knowledgeable and give an excellent tour. 
    This is a wonderful sanctuary of rescued lions and tigers. They do incredible work and the park personnel are very knowledgeable and give an excellent tour.  more »
  • We were very impressed by Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. So glad we visited. The staff were extremely helpful and educational. The animals were very well cared for and the quality of the... 
    We were very impressed by Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. So glad we visited. The staff were extremely helpful and educational. The animals were very well cared for and the quality of the...  more »
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  • Honestly such an amazing place, well worth going! They have rescued a lot of cats (and a couple bears!) from dangerous and unsafe situations, and they care about the animals a lot and do their best to make sure all the animals are happy. The guided tour took a little under an hour (so maybe not great for really young kids who wouldn't want to sit still for a long time, I'd say probably six and up is a good age to take kiddos though) it was really cool, and very educational. Definitely recommend checking this place out if you like animals!
  • We just got back home from visiting Eureka Springs. We stayed at Turpentine Creek and had the best time! The bungalow was very clean and comfy and every member of the staff that we encountered was very friendly and welcoming. We had been there before but had never stayed the night before. We love the animals and really appreciate the work that they do to rescue and maintain these beautiful creatures.

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