Why You Need to Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Lions, Tigers, and Bears — Arkansas has them all! Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is home to more than 100 lions, cougars, leopards, tigers, and bears. Providing a lifetime refuge for rescued exotic cats, the animal sanctuary is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. If you’re interested in seeing the exotic cats in safe, natural habitats and hearing about their unique stories, find out more about the animal sanctuary below!

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What You’ll Find at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

About Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) is a 459-acre animal sanctuary for abandoned, abused, and neglected big cats. Founded in 1992, the nonprofit organization provides a home to more than 100 exotic animals and has become one of the most popular attractions in Arkansas.

Since its start more than 25 years ago, TCWR has rescued hundreds of animals involved in the exotic pet trade. The primary mission of the refuge is to provide a lifetime sanctuary for rescued big cats. Although experts in the field, the staff at TCWR isn’t faced with an easy task when caring for exotic animals. Along with the dangers that come along with rescuing and taking care of wild animals, the cats at TCWR require between 800 to 1,200 pounds of raw meat per day!

What to Do at TCWR

To raise funds for rescuing and caring for big cats, the refuge offers a number of opportunities for guests to see and learn about the animals on site. Join a guided habitat tour at TCWR to see the area where most of the large cats live! You can also explore the Discovery Area of the park where the smaller animals live and stroll through the bear tunnel to see a number of rescued bears. In addition, the refuge offers a variety of interesting educational programs, Keeper Talks, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and special events! Take a look at the visitor information page to learn more.

Location, Hours, & Prices

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is located at 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR, 72632. The refuge is open during the summer from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the winter from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 for ages 20 and up, $15 for ages 13-19, and $10 for ages 4-12, veterans, and seniors ages 65 and up.

Where to Stay

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