Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

7 miles on Hwy 23 South
Eureka Springs, AR 72632




Created on 459 acres in the Ozark Mountains, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge provides safety for abandoned, abused, and neglected "Big Cats." TCWR is one of the foremost lifetime refuges in the country and one of the largest facilities of its kind open to the public anywhere in the world! Compassionate care, safety, and well-being of the animals is the number one priority at the refuge, and their ultimate goal is to have all animals housed in natural habitats. At present, they have completed thirty such areas, all of which include natural grasses, trees and undergrowth.

HOURS: Turpentine Creek is open every day of the year except Christmas. Summer hours are 9a.m. to 6 p.m., and winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ADMISSION: An all-day pass costs $15. for adults; $10. for veterans, senior citizens and children ages 3-12; and children under three are admitted free.

GUIDED TOURS are held every day. The half-mile walking tour is hosted by one of the biologist or zoologist interns. The tour guide talks about the refuge, the different species of animals, and each enclosure. Information is provided about rescues, and 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 11 a.m. until one hour before feeding time.

For SELF-GUIDED tours, guests are treated to an up-close view of a variety of animals, from big cats to bears. Visitors are as close as five feet away from these magnificent creatures, with a story/history plaque on the front of each cage. Visitors can take as long as they like to enjoy 'meeting' the animals.

A highlight is FEEDING TIME at Turpentine Creek. Each day, hard-working interns prepare and feed over 1000 pounds of meat! This gives visitors a chance to experience the true power of these big cats. All guests visiting the refuge at any time during the day are encouraged to either stay or come back (free of charge) to witness this truly amazing event. Feeding times range from 4 p.m. in the winter to 5 p.m. in the summer, but it is best to call