Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Lions, and tigers, and bears – oh, my!! One doesn’t need to travel to the movie land of OZ to see them. A quick jaunt to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, will bring visitors face to face with all three varieties of these magical creatures. Our Mission: To provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected "Big Cats" with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars.

Located 7 miles south of historic Eureka Springs, Arkansas, an enchanting Victorian village with unique homes, boutiques, and restaurants, a trip to Turpentine Creek is a must-see destination. Upon entering the main reception area at the USDA regulated Big Cat rescue facility, guests are greeted by friendly staff and the strikingly colored Blue & Gold Macaw, Cecil, who usually greets new comers with a cheery “Hello!” in his best parrot voice. Part of the Turpentine Creek family since its beginning, Cecil thinks he is the official meet-n-greet ambassador and he never fails to charm staff and visitors alike.

For those inclined to spend more than a day in the enchanting presence of the Turpentine Creek menagerie, on site lodging is available. Whether it’s a day trip, overnight visit, or lengthier stay, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will be something for guests to enjoy, remember, and reminisce about for the rest of their lives.  So……..come on in, the Big Cats are waiting to meet you!

Contact Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Tanya Smith
239 Turpentine Creek Lane
Eureka Springs, Arkansas  72632
Phone: 479.253.5841


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