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Public Education

Contact Bonnie Glover for more information about our many Education Opportunities.

Sharing the mission of the work of TCWR is critical. We welcome school groups to the refuge and offer interactive tours for the students with our highly trained staff. Our “Education Station” has continuous viewing of an award winning video about TCWR. Other items in the room explain our mission, with a variety of ‘touch and feel’ and visual displays with facts regarding the Big Cats. Additionally, 20-minute “Keeper Talks” are conducted on week-ends by our Zoologists, Biologists, and interns to give visitors an in depth review of the cats.

As part of our public outreach program, we have appeared, and continue to appear regularly on a variety of television stations: KPOM – NBC 14 and KFSM – TV 5, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas; 40/29 TV and KNWA, in Fayetteville, Arkansas; KOLR 10 and KY3, in Springfield, Missouri; KSN-TV 16 and KODE 12-TV, in Joplin, Missouri.

In addition we have made appearances on Good Morning Arkansas and Day Break - Channel 7, and KLRT Fox 16, all in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Conan O’Brien Show in New York City, New York.

ESPN has visited and also aired segments regarding TCWR on their programming. Animal Planet and Real TV were furnished video by customers, which were then aired on their programming.

A TV Crew from Discovery came along on a rescue in Texas to be aired in a segment of their show "Wild Animal Repo".

Independent photographers George Lepp, sponsored by Canon, and Daniel Cox of National Geographic have photographed our cats for a number of projects.

Have your class visit America's Premier BIG CAT Refuge or have Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge come to your school!

Visit the Refuge

Schedule your class for their own personal guided tour of TCWR and see over 100 BIG CATS.

Plan an afternoon at the Refuge and witness these great large carnivores as they are fed!

Have TCWR come to you!

Teachers and students get a glimpse into life at TCWR and learn about large carnivores through photos, videos, and interactive props.

Give your class the rare opportunity to touch real shed fur from tigers, lions, bears, cougars, ligers, and a coyote.

See and hold real tiger toys.

Learn how to make big cat toys out of everyday items OR have your class make their own tiger enrichment toy.

Or order a toy for the big cats at www.boomerball.com

Contact Bonnie Glover for more information about our many Education Opportunities.