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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Rescuing Exotic Cats Nationwide

TCWR’s goal is to provide a lifetime refuge for all rescued animals with the care, safety, and well being of the animals being the number one priority. All animals are treated with the dignity and compassion they deserve. TCWR has developed a reputation for this compassionate care across the country with law enforcement, universities, and others sharing a commitment to the Big Cats and other animals. This reputation has, unfortunately, made a waiting list a necessity.

Of the many refuges in the United States, TCWR is one of the largest facilities of its kind open to the public anywhere in the world. Big Cats have been rescued from many states across the country including Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, and Tennessee and are provided a home in a caring and nurturing environment.

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Only Two Weeks Away! November 15, 2018 ‘Tis the season of giving and there’s no greater opportunity to give back…

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We have shorter hours on Thanksgiving. We will only be open from 8a-2pm. Tours will still go out every hour on the hour from 10a-12p. Learn More

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Bam Bam's Bungalow

A seasonal glamping tent offers the best of both world during your visit to the refuge. Enjoy this family-friendly lodging option…

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Many of the cats that call Turpentine Creek home love the cooler weather. The animals will get a thi...

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Kitty cougar here to remind you of our holiday hours. We are open 7 days a week from 9 AM - 5 PM exc...

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Our calendars have arrived and make the best CATSmas presents! Pick one up in the gift shop, or orde...

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Our quarterly edition of Big Cat Chronicles is online! Hear what our new vet, Dr. Kellyn, has been u...

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Haley passed away in 2017 at the old age of 16. The memory of her special brand of cattitude continu...

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Less than two weeks until November 27- GivingTuesday at TCWR, and we need your help! Were paws-deep ...

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TCWR will be spreading Christmas cheer in several holiday parades this year! Were always looking for...

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New Bear Habitat Living Update: The bears continue to adjust and explore their new surroundings. Hug...

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The handsome Poncho is our unsponsored #AnimalOfTheWeek! He has a quiet demeanor but also plenty of ...

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