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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Bear Habitat

Koda G.

Koda G., an American black bear, was part of the Colorado rescue. As Koda is quite small for her species, she is also very cautious of her surroundings. She lives down on Rescue Ridge with her sister Xena. While Koda hasn’t been at the refuge for very long, we are sure that a big new habitat will do wonders for her and we’ll start to see her true personality come through!


Popper is an American black bear who is ten years old. Popper, like so many Turpentine Creek residents, has a sad history. She was a wild bear that was declared a public nuisance in Florida, after she attacked a woman who came between her and her cubs. While her cubs were released back into the wild, Popper was moved to Central Florida Zoo, before eventually finding her home at Turpentine Creek. We hope that with this habitat, Popper will get a little bit of her wild life back.

Meet the Bears

Six of our bears will be moving to the larger habitats once we reach our donation goals. Learn about which bears will be getting new homes, and maybe stop in to meet them.


An American black bear, Xena came to Turpentine Creek as part of the Colorado Rescue. Xena lives in a habitat down on Rescue Ridge with her sister Koda G. In contrast to her shy twin, Xena is very exuberant and has no reservations about exploring their new home. She spends her days playing with all of their enrichment toys, for which she shows no prejudice, playing with both donated Christmas trees and boomer balls alike. Another mischievous bear, Xena likes to take things apart to see how they work. We have to continually fix her toys and bench due to her curious nature.


Huggy is a Kamchatka (Russian) brown bear that was one of the 115 animals in the Colorado Rescue. Kamchatka brown bears are believed to be related to Kodiak bears. These bears are the largest in Eurasia and can grow to be over 1,400 lbs! Thankfully Huggy is a gentle giant, and is also very curious. He loved exploring his new home when he first arrived at Turpentine Creek. He is also very mischievous and likes to destroy things. This is partially why we need a bigger, stronger habitat for him. Due to his mischievous nature, we cannot keep supplying him with new toys to keep him occupied.


Holli is an American black bear who was part of the large Colorado Rescue. Holli is a very adventurous bear who shares her habitat with Huggy and Lolli. We hope that Holli will be able to thrive in the new habitat once it’s built.


Lolli came to Turpentine Creek from the Colorado rescue, along with a bunch of other animals. Lolli is a playful black bear who shares her habitat with Holli and Huggy. She just loves lounging around the habitat when not playing, and enjoys soaking up some warm Arkansas sunshine!

The average lifespan of a bear in captivity is about 25-30 years. We believe that these new habitats could allow them to live even longer lives. This is as close to the wild we can get them, and this is what they need to live fully, happy lives. Please help us by donating, or even sharing, our message with your friends. 

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  • 10-minutes south of Eureka Springs, AR.
  • Home to tigers and lions.
  • One of the top-ten destinations in Arkansas.
  • Rare, exotic animals rescued from across the country.

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