Monthly Archives: October 2015

Building New Habitat Benches

Changing up the game, building durable benches in our habitats. 

Trisha Scott took pieces of Chuff, Abigail, and Athena’s old bench and created artwork from it.

The staff here at Turpentine Creek is always looking for ways to improve our animals’ habitats. We try to give our cats, bears, monkey, and coati, plenty of things to entertain them and make their lives as enjoyable as possible in captivity.

One thing that we have found that our cats love is their habitat bench. Up until this point, we have build habitat benches out of old telephone poles and wood slats. This has made building habitat benches affordable and quick, but the cats really enjoy using the benches as scratching posts. Because of this we have to fix or replace benches often, which in the long run does not save us money or time.

Recently, when replacing Tsavo, Chuff, Abigail, and Athena’s bench, we decided to use a new design, where the frame of the bench was made of metal and the top would be made of wood, which could easily be switched out as needed. This design is more cost effective in the long run. It costs us more money and time to initially build, but it will last for a very long time with only minimal maintenance, such as repainting to prevent rust and switching out the 2×4 boards every few months.

With this shift we have decided that we will now replace all our habitat benches with three tiered metal benches. This gives the cats extra shade and satisfies their need to be higher to look out over their ‘territory’.

Education-9385Since we are changing building material and making taller benches, we need to raise bench donation prices. If someone wants to donate a bench for a habitat it will now cost $1,000 per bench. Again, these benches are better since once a bench is built, it will be built forever.

We have 26 upper habitat benches to replace, plus 20 habitats in rescue ridge that will eventually need new benches. This will take time and money, but in the long run it will be better for the cats, providing additional shade and enrichment opportunities, and our staff, saving time, and our supporters, saving money in the long run.

Compound Crash Completed

The compound is nothing but dust and memories now. We have done it, the compound has been crashed!

We have demolished all the old “compound” area and all of our animals are in spacious, grassy habitats!12141539_10153014370557186_1370045202358187998_n

The old habitats served their purpose, saving hundreds of animals lives, but we no longer need them. All of our animals are now in quarter to half acre habitats. They have plenty of room to roam and enjoy their lives, experiencing their own little taste of freedom. All animals that we rescue from here on out will go directly into a habitat.

Demolition started Sept. 17th. All that is left standing is the green vet clinic, and that too will soon be nothing more than a memory.

To celebrate this accomplishment we will be having a “Compound Crashing Celebration” on Nov. 14th, 2015. So please join us while we celebrate this milestone and the bright future ahead of us for all the animals that we rescue.

Free “Art With An Altitude” Kite Festival at TCWR March 26, 2016

KaleidoKites Sponsors Wildlife Refuge Event to Display Art in the Air to Benefit Big Cats

Kite_Fest_2012-3Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge hosts it’s 26th annual Kite Festival celebration March 26, 2016. “Art With an Altitude,” sponsored by KaleidoKites of Eureka Springs, is a free family event inviting attendees to bring their own kites or buy one at the refuge. The celebration includes vendors, contests and fun activities for parents and children.

KaleidoKites’ experts will be available to assist children in kite making and flying techniques. Donations to the refuge requested for kite making assistance.

“Making and flying kites is a ‘green’ sport’ families can share. It’s wind-fueled and gets kids away from sedentary activities like TV viewing and video games,” said Steve Rogers, KaleidoKites co-owner. “It’s a great photo-opportunity with world-class kites worth over a thousand dollars flown during the event. These kites are works of art, which is only fitting for an artist’s community like Eureka Springs,” added Rogers.

The event is one of the refuge’s most popular events each year. Admission is free for kite flying; regular admission prices apply to tour refuge wildlife on display. Proceeds finance rescue and ongoing care for over 135 tigers, lions, cougars and other wildlife that make the sanctuary a life-long home.

For more additional information, contact KaleidoKites at 479-253-6596, 888-836-6251 or email For details on Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, visit or call (479) 253-5841.

Cats at Castle Open – April 23, 2016

Thank you for supporting Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Please join the Turpentine Creek Board of Directors and Turpentine Creek Staff members at Castle Rogue’s Manor on April 23, 2016 for a special fund raising dinner celebrating the Big Cats of Turpentine Creek.

There will be breathtaking scenic views, fine dining, and a cash bar. Don’t miss this opportunity to feast at the most unique Castle in the country where you will forge memories that will last a life time. You will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction and live auction items. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

More Information will be updated as details are finalized… email for the most current details.

Visit The Castle’s website to get an idea of how spectacular this venue is. Castle Rouge’s Manor.

Below are some photos of the Castle Rouge’s Manor…