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TCWR Documentary

A brief documentary about the people and wildlife at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and its history of providing lifetime sanctuary to hundreds of exotic animals.
by: Charles Ragsdell, II

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Pat Quinn

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Eureka Springs Arkansas 72632

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Following a life-long fascination with tigers and lions, Pat did an internet search in 1998 and discovered Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. It was a match made in heaven, as one of the founding members of TCWR was looking for a secretary at the time.

Having been divorced for many years, and with her children grown and on their own, Pat decided (at the age of 54) that a lifestyle change might be in order. She visited Turpentine Creek in late April of 1998, met with Don, Hilda, and Tanya Jackson, and also fell in love with all of the animals at the Refuge. She went home to Detroit, MI, gave a two-week notice at her corporate job that she was leaving, packed up all her belongings, and by June 1st of 1998 was living in Eureka Springs.

Combining her life-long secretarial expertise with her abiding love and passion for the Big Cats, ‘Ms. Pat’ has been an integral member of the TCWR team for fourteen years. She says that talking with a tiger at lunch time is a whole lot different than feeding the pigeons along the Detroit River!

Now working only three days a week, Pat enjoys semi-retirement, her new home on top of a mountain, and doing a variety of community related things in Eureka Springs. Saying she has the best of both worlds, Pat spends her work days with the Big Cats at Turpentine Creek and her leisure days with her dog, Anubis, and her two domestic cats, Mr. Kitz, and Buster.

Wild At Heart Volume 1

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This is a volume of short stories about wild animals, big cat rescues, shapeshifters and anything that would showcase the plight of large wild creatures and their need to have safe homes and/or freedom. This anthology was produced by the Diamond State Romance Authors as a project of love to benefit the rescued animals of the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. All profits from this collection will go directly to the refuge to help with the care and feeding of these wonderful creatures.

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Wild At Heart Volume 2

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This volume of short stories includes a wonderful variety of contemporary and paranormal tales, and was produced by the Diamond State Romance Authors as a project of love to benefit the residents of the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. All profits from this collection will go directly to the refuge to help with the care and feeding of the rescued animals. The stories in this volume were inspired by the animals. If you enjoy them, we hope you’ll recommend the book to friends, and doesn’t everyone need to feel a little Wild at Heart?

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