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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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Artful Tigers Auction - Fayetteville


Turpentine Creek’s 20 Year Anniversary Will be Celebrated With a Silent Art Auction & Live Music Event on Friday, April 20th, 2012 at Matt Miller Studio in Fayetteville, AR. 6-10pm

Imagine that right in our back yard we have a place that houses some of the most majestic creatures on earth. "In the main viewing area, visitors are within five feet of majestic white Bengal tigers and their orange & black striped cousins, golden lions, tawny cougars, sleek black leopards and spotted leopards, spotted bobcats, and breathtakingly beautiful ligers. Bam Bam, the grizzly bear, is always willing to put on a show by ‘drowning’ his oversized toys in his pool or carrying them around on his shoulders. He loves to hear the ‘ooohs and aaaahs’ of the crowd he draws with his playful antics; the more on-lookers he has, the funnier his act becomes."

-- Turpentine Creek’s homepage. www.turpentinecreek.org

It's not often you get a second chance in this life but for the lions, tigers, and yes, the bears of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, they have that second chance. Turpentine Creek is a sanctuary providing a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected "Big Cats" & other exotic animals. Since 2002, TC has built over 31 open habitat areas. The animals need space to flourish. Each habitat roughly costs $45,000 with materials & labor. The animals consume 1000 lbs of meat a day and 300 lbs of vegetables. Turpentine Creek is always reaching out to area ranchers & meat producers to have access to food for these beautiful creatures. Community support is a must for this non-profit organization.

The Turpentine Creek Fayetteville Fundraiser is being held on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 6-10pm at Matt Miller Studio located on the square in Fayetteville, AR. Artists will be donating their work to a silent art auction & be splitting the money raised with Turpentine Creek. A local musician, Tiffany Christopher, & local business owner, Randy Risor (Cici’s Pizza), have spearheaded organizing this event. Local restaurants will be donating food for the evening and we are anticipating beer & wine. Area musicians will be donating their time and performing acoustic/cocktail sets all night. So far, some of the musicians performing will be Teddy Sablon of the band Guta, Amber Dawn Gardner, & Tiffany Christopher w/ Miles Bowlin on upright bass.

Artists information is available upon request.

To donate art items, donate time to the event, or to get more information contact Randy Risor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

You can donate money by contacting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge at 479.253.5841. Donations can be sent to: 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, AR 72632. To email them contact Tanya Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 479.253.3715.