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News Release
October 9, 2013
For Immediate Release

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge to hold grand opening of all new grizzly bear habitat November 3

Bam Bam, Arkansas' most popular grizzly bear gets new home with custom-built swimming pool

(Eureka Springs, AR) - October 9, 2013 – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) will introduce their popular grizzly bear, Bam Bam, to his new enlarged habitat with a grand opening celebration at 10 a.m. on Sunday, November 3.

Bam Bam, a 6-year old male grizzly bear rescued by TCWR in 2009 from a private owner, has become a visitor favorite with his "hind-n-seek" antics and love of his miniature stock tank soaking pool. Thanks to private and corporate donors, Bam Bam will move from a small concrete and wire enclosure to almost a half-acre natural habitat featuring an in-ground swimming pool with a waterfall.

Bam Bam will be relocated from his current enclosure to his new indoor den in the all-new Bear Bungalow Building. His den door will be opened an 10 a.m. with a special ceremony so visitors can see Bam Bam feel grass between his paws for the first time.

"I can't begin to tell you how excited all of us are to see Bam Bam experience his new home. His custom designed pool will be a big hit thanks to the generosity of Randy Murray and his wonderful team at Aquacrete out of Bella Vista," said Tanya Smith, TCWR president and co-founder. "This highlights our goal of replacing all concrete enclosures with large, natural habitats where our animals can run and play for the rest of their lives," added Smith.

All interns, staff and the refuge board of directors will be on hand for this historic achievement by Arkansas' most popular wildlife sanctuary. The refuge opens at 9 a.m. for wildlife viewing with hourly Walking Tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trolley tours also available. Wildlife feedings start at 5 p.m.

Normal admission prices apply, $15 for adults, $10 for children 12-under, seniors, and military members. Children under 3 are free. Donations and volunteers are welcome and help pay for ongoing care of more than 130 tigers, lions, cougars, bears and other endangered wildlife making TCWR a life-long home. For refuge details, visit www.turpentinecreek.org or call (479) 253-5841.

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Background
Founded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization operating one of America's largest big cat sanctuaries. The 450-acre refuge, located 7 miles south of Eureka Springs, is home to over 130 big cats and other endangered wildlife. Open everyday, the refuge has been voted one of Arkansas' Top 10 Destinations and is rated the #1 Attraction in Eureka Springs by TripAdvisor.com.

Additional Information Sources & Photos
http://www.TurpentineCreek.org

https://www.facebook.com/TurpentineCreekWildlifeRefuge/photos_stream
http://www.aquacrete.net/index2.php#/home/

Press Contacts
Eric Studer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (214) 676-3860
Tanya Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (479) 253-3715


News Release
July 1, 2013

For Immediate Release

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Earns Best Documentary Video Honors at Eureka Springs' Five Minute Film Festival

Award-winning video highlights Arkansas' favorite wildlife attraction

(Eureka Springs, AR) – July 1, 2013 – A video about Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) earned the Best Documentary Video Award during the Five Minute Film Festival inaugural event, presented by the Eureka Springs Downtown Network on Friday, June 28 in Eureka Springs.

The Five Minute Film Festival featured fifteen films selected from numerous local resident entries for final airing and consideration in six award categories. "About Us - The Story of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge," a historical story profiling the largest exotic cat sanctuary in the US, was awarded "Best Documentary" during the festival.

"About Us" was produced by Charles Ragsdell and co-written with fellow Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge board member, Eric Studer. Narration was provided by Mike Maloney, and the soundtrack featured "Sunrise" from "Walden, The Ballad of Thoreau," composed and performed by Michael Johnathon.

"All of us at the refuge are very proud of this wonderful award since the video tells our story so well," said Tanya Smith, president and co-founder of TCWR.

Other video award winners included:
Best Animation: "This Is Not The End," by Rachael Moyer & AnnaMarie Prevatte.
Best Art Film: "SWEPNO," by Edward Robison.
Best Documentary: "About Us - The Story of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge," by Charles Ragsdell.
Best Drama: "Where's Your Other Wheel," by Edward Robison.
Best Movie: "A Fistful of Noodles," by Melody Purdy.
Best Music Video: "Heart Attack," by Ambur Rockell.

For more Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge information, lodging reservations and special event details, visit www.turpentinecreek.org or call (479) 253-5841.

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Background

Founded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization operating one of America's largest big cat sanctuaries in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 450-acre refuge, located 7 mile south of Eureka Springs, is home to more than 130 big cats and other endangered wildlife. Open everyday, the refuge is voted one of Arkansas' Top 10 Destinations and rated the #1 Attraction in Eureka Springs by TripAdvisor.com.

Additional Information Sources & Photos
http://youtu.be/uPb2vRBvSp8
https://www.facebook.com/EurekaSpringsDowntownNetwork
http://www.TurpentineCreek.org
https://www.facebook.com/TurpentineCreekWildlifeRefuge/photos_stream

Press Contacts
Eric Studer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (214) 676-3860
Tanya Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (479) 253-3715


News Release
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2013

16th Annual Independence Day Celebration Scheduled at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

A fun-filled family 4th of July fireworks display and family entertainment celebration in Eureka Springs sponsored by Arvest Bank

(Eureka Springs, AR) – May 13, 2013 – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) will hold it's 16th annual Independence Day celebration Thursday, July 4, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight with an awesome fireworks display, a variety of concessions, and live entertainment. The refuge requests a per-car donation which can be applied to a 2013 Family Membership pass.

"It's hard to believe this will be our 16th year of what we call 'organized chaos" here at the refuge. This is our most popular event every year since fireworks are not allowed within the Eureka Springs city limits," said Tanya Smith, TCWR president and co-founder. "Our fireworks display just gets bigger each year," added Smith

Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and may legally shoot off their own fireworks in a designated area or buy them on-site. The refuge will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for wildlife viewing with hourly Habitat Tours from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and feeding time at 5 p.m. Refuge admission prices are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for seniors, veterans, and children between the ages of 4-12. Children under 4 are free.

All donations appreciated and used to finance ongoing care and feeding for over 130 tigers, lions, cougars, leopards and other wildlife making TCWR a life-long home.

For refuge and event details, visit www.turpentinecreek.org  or call (479) 253-5841.

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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Background
Founded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating one of America's largest big cat refuges in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 450-acre refuge, located 7 mile south of Eureka Springs, is home to over 130 big cats and other wildlife, open everyday, voted one of Arkansas' Top 10 Destinations and rated #1 Attraction in Eureka Springs by TripAdvisor.com.

Additional Information Sources & Photos
http://www.TurpentineCreek.org
https://www.facebook.com/TurpentineCreekWildlifeRefuge/photos_stream

Press Contacts
Eric Studer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (214) 676-3860
Tanya Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (479) 253-3715


News Release
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2013

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge staff to meet students at Eureka Springs Farmer’s Market May 7 and May 21

(Eureka Springs, AR) – May 6, 2013 – Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) staff members will be on hand to meet students from the Eureka Springs school at the Farmers Market on Tuesday, May 7 and Tuesday May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon each day. The refuge will have a display and interns available to answer student’s questions and sell merchandise to raise funds for animal care.

“We are always searching for opportunities to share our educational message and discuss wildlife conservation with students,” said Tanya Smith, president & founder of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Elementary school students will tour the Farmer’s Market on Tuesday, May 7 and secondary school students will visit on Tuesday, May 21.

TCWR needs donations, volunteers and in-kind contributions for ongoing animal care and quality of life enrichment for all their animals. For details and donation information, visit www.turpentinecreek.org or call (479) 253-5841.

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Additional Information Sources & Photos
http://www.turpentinecreek.org/
https://www.facebook.com/TurpentineCreekWildlifeRefuge?ref=ts&;fref=ts

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) Background
Founded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating one of America’s largest big cat refuges in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 450-acre refuge is a life-long home to more than 130 exotic cats and other wildlife. Open everyday, the refuge has been voted one of Arkansas’ Top 10 Destinations and is rated Eureka Springs’ #1 attraction by TripAdisor.com.

Press Contacts
Eric Studer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (214) 676-3860
Tanya Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (479) 253-3715



News Release
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2013

Eureka Spring’s top attraction recognized by “Jungle” Jack Hanna

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge staff enjoys VIP visit and endorsement with America’ Favorite Zoo Keeper

(Eureka Springs, AR) – May 6, 2013 –Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) staff members were honored with a VIP back-stage visit with “Jungle” Jack Hanna, America’s Favorite Zoo Keeper and host of “Into the Wild,” prior to his May 3 appearance at the Walton Arts Center featuring a variety of wildlife, including a full-grown cheetah, fennec fox, baby wallaby, black jaguar and many other animals from around the world.

Hanna, an active supporter of Turpentine Creek, encouraged his audience to visit Eureka Springs’ most popular attraction during his two-hour show. “Turpentine Creek is one of the largest non-profit exotic cat sanctuaries in the US. I hope visitors and residents of NW Arkansas know how fortunate they are to have a facility of this caliber nearby, their donations and support are critical to providing care for 130 neglected and abandoned animals who now have lifetime homes there,” said Hanna. “Tanya Smith and her staff do a wonderful job and play an important educational role for thousands of refuge visitors and local school children each year,” added Hanna.

Hanna’s new TV show, Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown, recently started airing Saturday mornings on ABC affiliates, in addition to his popular “Into the Wilds” series featuring his wildlife adventure around the globe.

“It was a real thrill for our team to meet America’s most popular wildlife ambassador. Jack is a wonderful role model and very generous with his time. His support of the refuge is priceless and greatly appreciated by all us,” said Tanya Smith, president and founder of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. “I was really impressed Jack took almost two hours to sign autographs and pose for picture with the general audience after the show. It’s just another example of how dedicated he is to delivering his wildlife conservation message to everyone who takes time to listen,” added Smith.

In addition to donations, TCWR needs volunteers and in-kind contributions for ongoing animal care and quality of life enrichment for all their animals. For details and donation information, visit www.turpentinecreek.org or call (479) 253-5841.

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Additional Information Sources & Photos

http://www.jackhanna.com/
http://www.turpentinecreek.org/

https://www.facebook.com/TurpentineCreekWildlifeRefuge?ref=ts&
;fref=ts

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) Background
Founded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating one of America’s largest big cat refuges in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 450-acre refuge is a life-long home to more than 130 exotic cats and other wildlife. Open everyday, the refuge has been voted one of Arkansas’ Top 10 Destinations and is rated Eureka Springs’ #1 attraction by TripAdisor.com.

Press Contacts
Eric Studer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (214) 676-3860
Tanya Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (479) 253-3715


News Release
For Immediate Release
April 25, 2013 

 
IFAW helps fund enclosure expansion plans at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge for rescued tigers and cougars

Eureka Springs refuge sets goal to raise $145,000 so Riverglen rescue cats can run

(Eureka Springs, AR) – April 25, 2013 – The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has continued their support of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) with a $14,000 matching donation to help meet the sanctuaries goal of raising $145,000 to expand enclosures for more than 20 tigers and cougars rescued from Riverglen Tiger Sanctuary (RTS) earlier this year.

IFAW advocates for the protection of wildlife and helps animal rescue projects in more than 40 countries. Organization representatives have made several visits to TCWR and provided assistance during some RTS rescue trips. The matching fund donation is the organization’s third contribution to TCWR to support rescue operations and ongoing care of more than 130 exotic big cats at the 450+ acre sanctuary in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

“We had less than 3 months to build over 20 new enclosures for all the RTS cats. Now that we have more time and funding, we want to enlarge these enclosures so all the cats can run and feel grass under their paws. We can’t thank IFAW enough for all their help and support,” said Tanya Smith, president of TCWR.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s office contacted TCWR last October to request help in relocating over 30 tigers, cougars and leopards from RTS in Mountainburg Arkansas. TCWR built new habitats and relocated all the RTS cats in 128 days. TCWR is now home to 26 of the original exotic felines rescued from RTS.

“IFAW is committed to providing immediate rescue to big cats kept in unthinkable captive situations and ensuring they receive the utmost care for the remainder of their lives,” said Kelly Donithan, Wildlife Rescue Program Officer at IFAW. “We have been delighted to support TCWR through the entire RTS rescue operation, as it was a massive undertaking that is now in its final stage. We congratulate TCWR for their huge achievements thus far and look forward to working with them in the future to end the suffering of big cats and other captive wildlife in this country,” added Donithan.

In addition to matching donations, TCWR needs volunteers and in-kind contributions for animal care and quality of life enrichment. For details and donation information, visit www.turpentinecreek.org or call (479) 253-5841.

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Additional Information Sources & Photos
http://www.ifaw.org
http://www.turpentinecreek.org/

https://www.facebook.com/TurpentineCreekWildlifeRefuge?ref=ts&
;fref=ts
https://www.facebook.com/TurpentineCreekWildlifeRefuge/photos_stream

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) Background
Founded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating one of America’s largest big cat refuges in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 450-acre refuge is a life-long home to more than 130 big cats and other wildlife and open everyday. The refuge has been voted one of Arkansas’ Top 10 Attractions and is rated the #1 attraction in Eureka Springs by TripAdisor.com.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Background
Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals with projects in more than 40 countries. IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals and are advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats.

Press Contacts
Eric Studer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (214) 676-3860 
Tanya Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (479) 253-5841


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