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“cats, cats, cats”

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
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Owner description: "With over 130+ exotic cats and other wildlife on display, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest big cat sanctuaries in the United States. The non-profit USDA licensed refuge, founded in 1992, has grown to become one of the Top 10 attractions in Arkansas and the most popular in Eureka Springs. Lions, cougars, leopards, tigers, and bears are displayed in large natural habitats surrounding the main compound enclosures and gift shop. Each animal has its own story/history plaque for self-guided tours and over night accommodations are available via the Safari Lodge, RV park, and camping facilities. Guided tours available and popular daily feeding times are 4 p.m. (winter) to 5 p.m. (summer). The refuge is open year round (except Christmas Day) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.."
Hartshorne
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6 reviews
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“cats, cats, cats”
Reviewed 6 March 2012

We enjoyed the cats and their stories. Thanks for a great tour.

Visited March 2012
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Webster, Wisconsin
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“A wonderful day trip in the Bella Vista Area”
Reviewed 6 March 2012

We wanted to take a drive through some of the Ozarks and read about a wildlife refuge south of Eureka Springs AR. The drive up the mountain was curvy and narrow but beautiful!
Heading down HWY 23 was an easier drive to the refuge. The entire site is located WAY up on another ridge of mountains and hills. There are many many rescued lions, tigers, bears, cougars, and animals I've never seen before! It is sometimes sad to read about why they ended up here, but it is amazing to know there are sites like this who care for these amazing animals. You can see these animals up close, not like some zoos where the animal are "hiding"in their enclosures. There is a charge, but it's affordable and is used entirely for the care of the animals. The staff is made up of volunteers and many of the areas for the animals have been funded by private contributors. This would be a great day trip if you are in the Bella Vista area.

Visited March 2012
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scottesmith, Manager at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review, 12 March 2012
You are correct. It is a beautiful drive from your area to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. If you prefer roads that are less curvy, take highway 12 east out of Rogers all the way to highway 23 then turn north or left and go three miles. Thanks,
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Holiday Island, Arkansas
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4 reviews
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“LOVE this place!”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

They are so devoted to saving exotic animals! Make sure to stay for feeding time, usually around 5pm.

Visited June 2011
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Thank Pam H
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Bella Vista, Arkansas
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13 reviews
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“lions and tigers”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

their hearts are in the right place and you do get to see the lions and tigers up close but it's VERY SUNNY and HOT in with very little shade for animals or people.

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Rogers,ar
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Big Kitties”
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Beautiful cats. Well run, knowledgeable staff, well maintained, friendly, great tour, and don't miss feedig time. They have on site lodging, and they serve a wonderful purpose. You'll be impressed- do not miss it!

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