Scott Smith is the Vice-President, resident photographer, Big Cat handler, marketing materials design, and jack-and-master-of-all-trades behind the scenes at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. In the nearby town of Eureka Springs Scott is president of the Corps De Cavalier’s, the group behind Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs, and a Chamber of Commerce Director.
Scott met his beautiful wife, Tanya, in 1994 and, with this match made in heaven, he dedicated his life to expanding the mission and goal of the Refuge located just 7 miles south of town. With his able assistance throughout the years, Turpentine Creek has become one of the premiere Big Cat rescue facilities in the country.
While not sitting behind his computer or engineering the rescue and care of exotic cats, Scott is also a devoted and loving family man. He has three daughters, a son, a nephew, and two young grandchildren in his family – all of whom are the respective apples of his eye.
As busy as he may be, Scott is never too busy to lend a helping hand wherever needed. Look around and you are sure to see him lending his time and talents to rescuing and caring for all the animals at Turpentine Creek.