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Turpentine Creek Big Cat Sanctuary



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Amanda Galiano


Turpentine Creek shelters any big cat in need. Some of them come from roadside zoos that have been closed. Some of them were kept as pets. Regardless, they all needed a place to go and it's hard to find a place that will take a full grown tiger or lion.

Almost all the animals have the stories on the front of their enclosures. The enclosures may seem small but the sanctuary does all it can to give them space to roam. New, larger enclosures are being built and can be seen on the tour. The sanctuary depends on public support. You can make donations, adopt a cat or just visit the sanctuary to help.

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Where & Contact Information:

Turpentine Creek is located in Eureka Springs, AR on Turpentine Creek Lane. Google Map

39 Turpentine Creek Lane
Eureka Springs, AR 72632

Hours and Admission:

Turpentine Creek is open every day, except Christmas Day. Their summer hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and winter hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An all-day pass is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for Veterans, Senior Citizens and Children (ages 3-12), with children under three admitted free. Your admission helps support the cats.

They also have various internship and volunteer opportunities and opportunities for special tours, like the photography tour.

Lodging Options:

If you really like big cats, they have a tree house ($150), lodge ($125-150), safari lodges ($150), campgrounds ($10) and RV park ($25) to spend the night. The safari lodges are more upscale and for adults 18+ only. The tree house is for ages 5+. All other accommodations are all age friendly.

At most of the accommodations you can hear the animals. It makes for a unique Arkansas lodging experience. More unique Arkansas lodgings.

Sponsorships, Adoptions and Donations:

You don't have to visit the sanctuary to make a donation. The sanctuary accepts donations online on their website. One of the best ways to donate is through their animal sponsorship program. There are two levels of support: adoption and sponsorship. Adoption comes with a free yearly membership to the santuary, a photo and a certificate. The price ranges from $100 to $150. Sponsorship is more exclusive. You receive a larger photo, a certificate, free yearly membership to Turpentine creek and your name on their sponsorship wall. Sponsorship ranges in price from $700 to $2,500.

Festivals and Events:

Turpentine Creek has a few big festivals throughout the year. They have a Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular in October. Their Kite Festival is in March.

In 2012, they permanently canceled the Native American Pow Wow that was held on Father's Day weekend.

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