Turpentine Creek: African Wildlife in the Ozarks

This premier big cat sanctuary near Eureka Springs offers visitors unique safari experiences.

Turpentine Creek is located near Eureka Springs and has been rescuing exploited animals for over 27 years. The animals live in large, open habitats and the refuge does not buy, sell, trade or breed animals, making it a a true wildlife sanctuary.


Choose an Experience

Turpentine Creek has 60 dedicated habitats for tigers, lions, bobcats, leopards, cougars and others. Custom experiences are available for any group size.

  • For a great overall experience, take a Guided Walking Tour of the sanctuary.
  • Exclusive Guided Tours give guests a behind-the-scene look at refuge operations.
  • Early risers can upgrade to a Coffee with a Curator tour to learn about the staff’s advocacy work.
  • During Enrichment Workshops, participants create toys that help the animals’ physical and mental health.

Stay the Night

Many of the lodging options come with free admission, VIP access, complimentary trolley tickets and other cool extras.

  • Treehouse Bungalow: Secluded in a grove of trees, the Treehouse Bungalow provides a view of nature and the animals.
  • Safari Tents: Enjoy tent style camping without having to set up a tent!  The Safari Tents feature real beds, electricity and other comforts of home.
  • Adult-only units at the Zulu Safari Lodge offer amenities like art showers for two and decks with sunset views.
  • Family-friendly units cater to your entire crew with large windows to watch the tigers play. Pet-friendly policies let you bring your furry companions along.
  • RV and camping spots are also available by reservation.

If you plan to stay overnight at the refuge, book advance reservations. To learn more about Turpentine Creek, go to tcwr.org.

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