Monthly Archives: August 2019

2nd Annual Sipping For Sanctuary

Join Us For a Fun-Filled Night of Fundraising

August 13, 2019

We’re just three weeks away from our second annual Sipping for Sanctuary craft beer/wine-tasting fundraiser! This year, it will be held September 5, from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, at the historic Apollo on Emma in Springdale, Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas is known for its rich artistic scene and unique atmosphere; it’s no wonder those attributes even translate to the region’s spirits and brews! Local vendors will be offering a variety of award-winning wine and beer for guests to sample in the atmosphere of the beautiful Apollo On Emma, which was once the Apollo Theater. The venue has been remodeled in a “classical 1940’s art deco appeal,” complete with marble and cherry wood accents, crystal chandeliers, and an air of art and elegance.

Guests can sip as the song stylings of local musician, Kurt Hunter, wafts through the air, mingling with the aroma of delectable gourmet food crafted by Catered Creations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to bid on up to 100 silent auction items, including Refuge lodging, stays at regional hotels and bed-and-breakfasts, product/service baskets, paw paintings created by TCWR’s animal residents, and local art. In addition, this event serves as a wonderful opportunity to mingle with fellow animal-lovers and conservationists who share a passion for the Refuge and making the world a better place for all creatures, two-legged and four-legged, alike.

Cocktail attire is suggested, and animal-print is encouraged! Because we support the ethical treatment of animals, we ask that guests do not wear actual animal products.

Tickets are on sale now for $55, but will be $65 day-of. Admission includes two complimentary drink tickets (3 if you are a member) that can be redeemed at any of our craft beer/wine vendors at the event. Tickets can be purchased at

Those who belong to a Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge membership tier get one complimentary admission ticket. If this applies to you, please email or call 479-253-5841 ext. 5 to confirm your membership and attendance. If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit

We hope you will join us Thursday, September 5, for a night of Sipping for Sanctuary! All proceeds support TCWR, and we encourage you to bring a friend to introduce to our mission.

Sadie Tiger Gets A Checkup

A Visit With The Vet

August 6, 2019

At Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, we understand the importance of monitoring our animal residents’ health every day. The apex predators under our care have a natural instinct to hide injury and illness to the best of their abilities. This helps them survive in the wild because it prevents them from appearing weak, which could cause them to go from predator to prey. In captivity, however, their predisposition to cover up their maladies can be highly detrimental to their well-being. Because of this, our animal care team has to become very familiar with each animal resident and keeps a watchful eye for small changes in their behaviors that could be indicative of a problem.

Last week, animal care team members noticed Sadie tiger was not eating. For these carnivores, loss of appetite is a huge red flag. Because the team knows her well enough, they also noted that seemed to be feeling generally unwell. Sadie was promptly sedated and taken to our onsite Jackson Memorial Veterinary Hospital. There, staff veterinarian, Dr. Kellyn Sweeley, performed a comprehensive exam of the tiger, which included blood work and x-rays. All tests results seemed to indicate that Sadie was suffering from constipation; she was given an enema and remained in the veterinary hospital for a few days for continued monitoring and recovery.

Sadie demonstrated improvement during her time in the hospital. Sunday, the animal care team sedated and transported her back to her habitat, where she received another enema as a precaution. Since then, she has begun regaining her vitality and is eating again. We will continue to monitor her to make sure she doesn’t regress, but so far, it looks like this there was a simple solution to her issue.

Due to their past histories, which often included poor breeding, malnourishment, and subpar healthcare, the animal residents of Turpentine tend to be under regular treatment for a slew of ailments and are at risk for many more. Things like tummy troubles and dental issues aren’t necessarily life-threatening at first, but should they be prolonged without proper care, they can lead to widespread systems damages and even death! You’ve heard us say it many times before, but prevention and early detection truly are key; that’s why we provide regular wellness exams, daily checks, and a carefully-curated regime that combines healthy diets, medicine, and enrichment for mental and physical well-being.

You can learn more about how we care for our animal residents by visiting:

The Roar Challenge

Share Your Passion

August 1, 2019

This August, we’re calling on you to take the #RoarChallenge and share your passion about the Refuge! This simple summons could win you and a friend some much-sought-after prizes.

Participation is easy; simply tell at least one person (who doesn’t already know about TCWR) about us then visit There, you will be asked to complete a quick form with your name and email address, along with your friend’s name and email address. For every 100 registrations, we will be giving away a paw painting to the primary entrant and two admission tickets to the person they told about us!

For a bonus entry and to help spread awareness about TCWR, you can take the virtual #RoarChallenge by showing off your best lion roar or tiger chuff in a video, uploading it to your social media pages, and sharing the link on the form at Don’t forget to use the hashtags #Roar4TCWR #Roar4Refuge #RoarChallenge and to tag a friend to complete the challenge next!

We are dedicating the entire month of August to gaining as many new supporters as possible, which means you will have from August 1- August 31 to enter to win. The more people we have sharing our mission, the greater chance big cats have at claiming a happier, healthier future. Please join us in expanding our network of educators, advocates, and ethical tourists.

You can start a conversation in person, or via call, text, email, or social media #RoarChallenge #Roar4TCWR #Roars4Refuge. Here are some helpful links with information about TCWR to get you started: