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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, Eureka Springs

4.7
#1 of 29 in Wildlife in Arkansas
Must see · Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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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  • We enjoyed our tour, and were amazed at the stories about the rescued animals. The center is admirable in their help to the animals in need. 
    We enjoyed our tour, and were amazed at the stories about the rescued animals. The center is admirable in their help to the animals in need.  more »
  • We stayed in the Siberian Suite. It is truly a very nice place to stay and the staff is super friendly. The animals are all very well cared for. I highly recommend staying here 
    We stayed in the Siberian Suite. It is truly a very nice place to stay and the staff is super friendly. The animals are all very well cared for. I highly recommend staying here  more »
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  • We spent two nights in a safari lodge. The accommodations were wonderful, with a comfortable bed, coffee maker, microwave and small refrigerator (stocked with muffins, oatmeal, fruit cups and juice since there is no restaurant on-site), back patio with table and chairs overlooking a field and trees, access to a hot tub and more. Our lodging also included amazing tours. The staff and interns were helpful and informative, and always willing to answer questions. We were sad when our time ended!
  • This is a great refuge and they don't have contact with the animals so they prioritize both the animals and the people safety. Great one to support! They've taken a lot of other animals from so called sanctuaries that weren't treating their animals right. There are some sad stories but these cats and bears are prioritized now and they are not made to perform on tours which is good. You are able to do a self guided tour so you can take the guided tour and if you don't see the animals on that tour you can catch them on the walkabout. It was very enjoyable and I felt good about supporting this Refuge!

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