Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
You will receive 2-Adult Admissions (a $40.00 Value) for ONLY $20.00!
Valid for ADMISSION ONLY
No cash value and no cash back on unused portion of voucher. Not to be used in conjunction with any other discount, coupon and/or special promotion. Not to be used towards trolley service fees and/or retail purchases. Non-transferable. User must present voucher prior to being admitted to attraction and user will be required to relinquish voucher at time of redemption.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, a USDA licensed refuge for Big Cats, is a short 7 miles from the historic tourist town of Eureka Spring, AR, on scenic highway 23.
Turning into the main driveway, our visitors are treated to a breath-taking view of the gorgeous Ozark Mountains on one side and a view of our beautiful event field on the other.
The drive itself feeds into our large parking area, from which visitors then enter our main Gift Shop/Reception area – a large converted barn, newly redecorated inside and out and having a large selection of gift items for all ages.
Our staff checks visitors in, briefly explains our mission, and directs guests to our guided tour area where they will be treated to an up-close view of a variety of our beautiful Big Cats and other animals.
Lions, and tigers, and bears (oh my!), in addition to several of our beautiful cougars, are in natural habitats where visitors are as close as ten feet away from these magnificent creatures. Each animal has its story/history plaque on the front of its cage for this self-guided tour, with visitors taking as long as they like to enjoy ‘meeting’ them.
Picnic tables and benches are in full view of the animals, making Turpentine Creek a fun adventure for individuals, couples, and families alike.
Starting at 10 a.m. each day, Turpentine Creek offers a guided tour of our natural habitats. Over half of our animals reside in these large enclosures. The goal of the refuge is to house every animal in a habitat on our 459 acres. The half-mile walking tour is guided by one of our biologist or zoologist interns. The intern educates the public about the refuge, the different species of animals, and each enclosure. Information is provided about rescues, construction, and donations in order to keep the facility expanding. This is a great opportunity to watch the big cats running, playing, and stalking just like they would in the wild. The tours run every hour, on the hour, from 10 a.m. until one hour before feeding time.
One of Turpentine Creek’s most important missions is education. The more informed the public is about big cats, the more likely they are to understand the importance of the refuge. Keeper Talks are designed to give the public an up close and personal look into the big cat world. The topics vary from specific information on our different species to general information on all big cats and the refuge. Keeper Talks are 20-minute presentations conducted by our biologists and zoologists in our main compound. Personal interaction with our educated staff makes it easy for all your questions to be answered. The talks are only on the weekends, Saturdays 10:40 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. and Sundays 10:40 a.m.
TCWR’s mission is to provide a lifetime refuge for all rescued animals with the care, safety, and well being of the animals being the number one priority. All animals are treated with the dignity and compassion they deserve. TCWR has developed a reputation for this compassionate care across the country with law enforcement, universities, and others sharing a commitment to the Big Cats and other animals. This reputation has, unfortunately, made a waiting list a necessity.
Of the many refuges in the United States, TCWR is one of the largest facilities of its kind open to the public anywhere in the world. Big Cats have been rescued from many states across the country including Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, and Tennessee and are provided a home in a caring and nurturing environment.