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5 Reasons To Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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Over spring break we ventured down to Eureka Springs, AR. (Only 5 hours from St. Louis!) It was such a fantastic trip and we are already thinking of when we can go again. While there we had the opportunity to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. It’s important for me to help bring awareness for important causes such as this one. Also to teach my children about the world around us and why we must work hard to take care of the wildlife. Turpentine Creek hosted my family for a few hours so I could do just that. This non-profit organization is passionate about providing a home to Big Cats who have nowhere else to go.


Turpentine Creek is a rescue facility. They take in and are currently caring for approximately 100 animals. The animals being rescued are both exotic and native, but not all are Big Cats. Turpentine Creek also houses 5 black bears and one grizzly. This shows their commitment and love for all animals.

Did you know that across the United States these exotic animals are bought and sold because there are not laws everywhere to protect against this practice? I was surprised to learn that fact. The Big Cats and other animals at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge are rescued from private ownership and other facilities where they are being neglected or no longer able to be cared for.


5 Reasons To Visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the different types of Big Cats.

Turpentine Creek has over 60 Big Cats!


  • You can explore the self guided part of the refuge all on your own.

Our kids loved looking at all the beautiful animals. 



  • You can take a 45 minute guided walking tour (included in the the cost of admission) to the back parts of the refuge and see some of the NW Arkansas countryside in the process.

Over 450 acres of land with large enclosures.


  • You’ll gain a perspective for the amount of care that goes into taking care of each of the inhabitants at Turpentine Creek.

There are 7 biologists/zoologists working at the refuge. Intern college graduates do training as well as a local veterinarian to care for all of the animals.


  • You’ll fall in love with the Big Cats.

We loved seeing the Big Cats and the wonderful environment that is being provided to them. This particular cat touched my heart. He has a limp due to a genetic bone disease and needs continuous veterinary care. Because of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge there is a place for this beautiful animal. He’s being taken care of and can live.


Find out more about Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and donate to the cause HERE.





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