News ReleaseFor Immediate ReleaseMay 6, 2013
Eureka Spring’s top attraction recognized by “Jungle” Jack Hanna
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge staff enjoys VIP visit and endorsement with America’ Favorite Zoo Keeper
(Eureka Springs, AR) – May 6, 2013 –Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) staff members were honored with a VIP back-stage visit with “Jungle” Jack Hanna, America’s Favorite Zoo Keeper and host of “Into the Wild,” prior to his May 3 appearance at the Walton Arts Center featuring a variety of wildlife, including a full-grown cheetah, fennec fox, baby wallaby, black jaguar and many other animals from around the world.
Hanna, an active supporter of Turpentine Creek, encouraged his audience to visit Eureka Springs’ most popular attraction during his two-hour show. “Turpentine Creek is one of the largest non-profit exotic cat sanctuaries in the US. I hope visitors and residents of NW Arkansas know how fortunate they are to have a facility of this caliber nearby, their donations and support are critical to providing care for 130 neglected and abandoned animals who now have lifetime homes there,” said Hanna. “Tanya Smith and her staff do a wonderful job and play an important educational role for thousands of refuge visitors and local school children each year,” added Hanna.
Hanna’s new TV show, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown, recently started airing Saturday mornings on ABC affiliates, in addition to his popular “Into the Wilds” series featuring his wildlife adventure around the globe.
“It was a real thrill for our team to meet America’s most popular wildlife ambassador. Jack is a wonderful role model and very generous with his time. His support of the refuge is priceless and greatly appreciated by all us,” said Tanya Smith, president and founder of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. “I was really impressed Jack took almost two hours to sign autographs and pose for picture with the general audience after the show. It’s just another example of how dedicated he is to delivering his wildlife conservation message to everyone who takes time to listen,” added Smith.
In addition to donations, TCWR needs volunteers and in-kind contributions for ongoing animal care and quality of life enrichment for all their animals. For details and donation information, visit www.www.turpentinecreek.org or call (479) 253-5841.
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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) BackgroundFounded in 1992, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating one of America’s largest big cat refuges in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The 450-acre refuge is a life-long home to more than 130 exotic cats and other wildlife. Open everyday, the refuge has been voted one of Arkansas’ Top 10 Destinations and is rated Eureka Springs’ #1 attraction by TripAdisor.com.