Is summer over yet?
The animals at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge are ready for fall time. During the Fall time at Turpentine Creek is a good time to come and visit. With the weather being cooler, most of the animals will likely be out in the grass for you to see them and maybe even play with their toys for you.
During the fall time, we get donations of pumpkins for our animals. What do the animals do with these pumpkins you may ask? They play with them or eat them. Our Tigers, Lions, Hybrids, cougars, bobcats, leopards, jaguar, and african servals will play with them. They may even take the pumpkins to the pool if they still have water and try to drown it. Our bears, since they are omnivores, which eat both meat and vegetables, they will most likely eat the pumpkins.
Bam Bam Day
One big day around Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is Bam Bam Day. Our grizzly bear is popular and very much the ham of our refuge. He is so popular the mayor of Eureka Springs has named November 5th 2023, Bam Bam Day! On Bam Bam day he gets more snacks, more boxes that are painted from animal care and maybe a fruitcicle for him.
As part of fall time, the leaves will fall off the trees. When this happens we will rake up the leaves and then put them in our animal enclosures to play with. Our animals here love leaf piles. Sometimes animal care will put some kitchen spices on those leaf piles so our animals will explore and enjoy the leaf piles.
What can you do?
If you want to donate pumpkins, kitchen spices or even cardboard boxes our animals will appreciate it. You can visit TCWR in the fall to hopefully see some of our animals play with some of this extra fall enrichment. We do have hourly tours starting at 9am and starting November 5th our last tour will go out at 3pm. We are open everyday except Christmas.