From Rescue to Refuge

A Lifelong Home For Big Cats, Accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS)

Working to Rescue and Rehabilitate

For over 30 years, TCWR has rescued over 500 animals from private owners, roadside zoos, and situations of abuse and neglect. To rescue is just the beginning. We provide these animals with a lifelong home and care, rehabilitating them physically and mentally in a life of sanctuary.

Black Panther
Tiger Laying Down

Education, Preservation, & Compassion

Through public education, and specifically the education of our children, we work to end the Big Cat Trade. Together, we can preserve and protect these magnificent and endangered animals making sanctuaries like Turpentine Creek no longer necessary.

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Rescued Animals Call Us Home


Emma caracal was privately owned before she was rescued. Now, she resides in her own grassy habitat on Freedom Field.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Founded in 1992, TCWR started out as a family’s mission to rescue big cats and has since transformed into a globally recognized animal sanctuary partnering with some of the largest organizations in animal welfare and conservation.

Tiger Walking on Grass