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Holiday Season at TCWR

December 18, 2017

This year is coming to a close, but even though it will be ending soon, we still have two weeks left in 2017. Turpentine Creek is open every day of the year, except for Christmas so that our team and interns can enjoy the holiday. Yet, even when we are closed to the public, we still provide quality care for the animals that call the refuge home.

Although we are looking forward to Christmas, the team is extra excited about what happens after the holidays are over, seasonal enrichment! Many local Christmas tree lots, the Crescent Hotel, and individual supporters, donate Christmas Trees for the animals to enjoy. It is always fun to introduce different types of enrichment to the animals, and Christmas trees are some of the most exciting enrichment we can provide. Natural enrichment, like snow, is also another benefit of the winter season. Tigers, bobcats, and cougars are big fans of the white fluffy snow that sometimes covers the ground here in Arkansas. It is very fun to build snowmen for the animals and watch them playing in the snowbanks.

We also remind visitors that although the animals LOVE playing in the snow and the cooler weather, as humans we need to dress according to the weather. If it is cold, please wear jackets, gloves, hats, scarves, snow boots, or whatever clothing is appropriate for the weather when you come to visit.

During the final weeks of the year, we also spend a little extra time helping supporters sort out their end of the year donations. Donating is a great way to help the animals and get a little back from what the government takes from your paycheck. Your donation helps us care for the animals all year and by donating now we can plan for projects and special enrichment events in advance. Donate now and help us help them. 

Please be safe this holiday season, no matter what holiday you are celebrating. We invite everyone to come out and visit this winter. Please be aware of our holiday hours if you are planning a visit or trying to contact the refuge.

Holiday Hours:

Christmas Eve: 9a – 2p (last tour leaves at 12p)

Christmas Day: Closed

New Years Day: 10a – 5p (first tour leaves at 11a)

*** We do close if the weather is too severe. We will announce all closings on our social media outlets – Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.