Spring is the perfect time to visit Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The weather is typically mild, and the animal residents are welcoming the warmer days. Bam Bam, our thirteen-year-old grizzly bear, will be out hamming it up for guests as he shakes off his winter sleepiness.
This nonprofit sanctuary is home to various exotic and native animals – think lions, tigers, and bears (Oh my!) – and has been nominated as a top-five Family Attraction and Local Tourist Attraction in Arkansas by AY Magazine’s Best of 2021.
The organization is also one of only a handful of big cat facilities in the nation accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. Hence, a visit to the Refuge is appropriate for all animal lovers interested in advocating for animals in need. Legitimate sanctuaries like TCWR are a sharp contrast to exploitative roadside operations. So don’t let negative experiences at other facilities keep you from visiting this true Arkansas treasure. Just check out their social media – or better yet, go to TripAdvisor and other online review sites – to learn why the Refuge has earned praise from hundreds of thousands of guests.
The Turpentine team’s passion for protecting survivors of the exotic animal trade and their ambition to provide a positive guest experience is evident in everything they do. They give their animal residents huge natural grass habitats to enjoy, and the animals are often seen pouncing and playing on fun toys and other enrichment throughout the day.
The team also pampers their human lodging residents by offering an unforgettable Africa in the Ozarks experience in their family-friendly and adults-only accommodations. Extra precautions are being taken against the COVID-19 virus because the big cat population is susceptible too! Rooms have strict cleaning protocols, and the tour tram is disinfected between every tour. Tours are included when you stay at the Refuge.
So come spend a night, listen to the lion’s carol and the tiger’s chuff, and feel good knowing every dollar goes to their care. Be sure to visit www.TCWR.org for more information about this amazing sanctuary!
239 Turpentine Creek Lane