Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Nestled on 459 acres just south of Eureka Springs is an ethical animal tourism destination offering a taste of Africa in the Ozarks. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) is home and haven to a variety of exotic and native animals. Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS), TCWR’s mission is to provide refuge for abandoned, abused and neglected big cats with an emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.
All the animals that call the Refuge home have been rescued. Each resident has a unique story to tell. Guests enjoy scheduled tours led by knowledgeable staff members who give those stories a voice. A visit can be made even more memorable by ordering a Big Cat Callout — special enrichment given to the cat or bear of your choice with your own unique message. The big cats have even assisted in wedding proposals! Memberships to the Refuge are also available.
For an exceptional experience, the Refuge offers overnight accommodations. From adult-only Safari Lodges with access to a fire pit and hot tub, to the extremely popular family suites, the treehouse and even a pair of glamping tents, there is an option sure to meet every taste. There are RV sites if you prefer to bring your road home with you. Plan your visit today to see why Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has been voted a Top Three Family Attraction in the Natural State! For more information about educational programs, memberships, lodging and tours visit tcwr.org.
239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs • (479) 253-5841 • TCWR.org