Calendar

Mar 13

History of TCWR @ 9:45am

Join our Wildlife Interpreter @ 9:45am as they discuss how Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge started 27 years ago. The amazing stories and transformation of TCWR into a true sanctuary is full of trials, tribulations, and hard work, all to save the lives of abused and neglected big cats.

Mar 13

The Largest Big Cat @ 10:30am

Who is the largest big cat in the animal kingdom? Is it the lion or tiger? Join our Wildlife Interpreter at the tour entrance to discover the largest big cat and how we can save them both in the wild and from the pet trade/entertainment industry.

Mar 13

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 1:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 13

What is a True Sanctuary? @ 2:30pm

The most important aspect of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is being a true sanctuary, providing forever homes for abused and neglected big cats. Join our Wildlife Interpreter Jessica @ 2:30 to learn about the difference between a true and fake sanctuary. We can work together to save more animals!

Mar 14

Wildlife in Captivity @ 9:45pm

We love Bam Bam and are happy that we can provide him with his forever home. However, we wish that he had never been a pet and could have been the wild bear that he should be. Join our Wildlife Interpreter at 9:45 in front of Bam Bam’s habitat to learn more about his /story and the exotic pet trade.

Mar 14

Be Bear Aware @ 11:30am

95% of the time, people are responsible for the bear’s outcome in an attack. Join our Wildlife Interpreter and discover how to be safe when visiting bear country for both humans and bears alike.

Mar 14

Enrichment Making Fun @ 1:30pm

Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we learn about different enrichment items and help us gather or put something together for our animals we have here at Turpentine Creek! What we do is a surprise, and it is up to the Interpreter to decide!

Mar 14

If you give a Tiger a Toy @ 2:30pm

In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter at 2:30 next to the Tiger habitats behind the gift shop as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your “tiger” strength.

Mar 14

Poncho's Birthday

Poncho turns 11!

Mar 14

Montana's Birthday

Montana turns 11!

Mar 15

Talking Tracks @ 10:30am

Toes, claws, and paws are clues to identifying different tracks left behind by different animals. Join Wildlife Interpreter Shayleen as we look and identify different track molds that you may or may not encounter in the wild.

Mar 15

Enrichment Making Fun @ 12:30pm

Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we learn about different enrichment items and help us gather or put something together for our animals we have here at Turpentine Creek! What we do is a surprise, and it is up to the Interpreter to decide!

Mar 15

Surprising reality of White Tigers @ 1:30pm

White tigers are not albino, a rare separate subspecies of tigers, and are not naturally found in the wild. Join our Wildlife Interpreter at 1:30 outside the tour entrance gate and explore the disadvantages white tigers face in captivity.

Mar 15

Eating like a Tiger @ 2:30pm

Tigers have special characteristics that allow them to be at the top of the food chain and successful predators. Join our Wildlife Interpreter @ 2:30 during an interactive program with replica teeth, claws, and jaws and learn what it takes to be on top of the food chain.

Mar 16

Hype of Hybrids @ 9:45am

We have many animals that do not look like normal wild cats. There are several hybrids here at Turpentine; meet our Wildlife Interpreter, discuss what a hybrid is and why these creatures should not exist.

Mar 16

Dangers of Cub Petting @ 10:30am

Even though baby exotic animals are extremely cute and look cuddly, pay-to-play and cub petting schemes have an extreme dark side and are causing abuse, neglect, and suffering for big cats throughout the world. By learning about how big cats are exploited in the United States, we can work together to protect them. Join our Wildlife Interpreter at the tour entrance gate at 10:30 to discuss the dangers of cub petting.

Mar 16

What is Palm Oil @ 11:30am

Sadly everyday tigers, orangutans, and various animals are losing their habitats due to deforestation for a product called palm oil. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover what palm oil is, how it isn’t good for us, and how we can protect habitats for wildlife everywhere.

Mar 16

Black Panthers, Do They Exist? @ 12:30pm

Have you ever heard the term black panther? What species of cat is it? There is actually no true species of cat which name is a black panther. Join our Wildlife Interpreter at 12:30 at the tour entrance gate to learn which species are called a black panther, and where the name came from.

Mar 16

Enrichment Making Fun @ 1:30pm

Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we learn about different enrichment items and help us gather or put something together for our animals we have here at Turpentine Creek! What we do is a surprise, and it is up to the Interpreter to decide!

Mar 16

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 2:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 16

Chuff's Birthday

Chuff turns 14!

Mar 16

Abigail's Birthday

Abigail turns 14!

Mar 16

Athena's Birthday

Athena turns 14!

Mar 17

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 10:30am

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 17

Backyard Predators @ 11:30am

Many clues can help you figure out what lives in your backyard and neighborhoods! Join Wildlife Interpreter Shayleen as we i.d. some predators that call Arkansas home and might be living in your backyard or neighborhood!

Mar 17

Discovery Table @ 1:30pm

oin our Wildlife Interpreter and explore some of our nature items that will help you discover more about our wildlife. We never use any real bones, teeth, etc. from our animals. We have amazing replicas, molds, and shed fur for you to experience during your visit.

Mar 17

Enrichment Making Fun @ 2:30pm

Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we learn about different enrichment items and help us gather or put something together for our animals we have here at Turpentine Creek! What we do is a surprise, and it is up to the Interpreter to decide!

Mar 17

Harley's Birthday

Harley turns 19!

Mar 17

Tsavo's Birthday

Tsavo turns 16!

Mar 18

If you give a Tiger a Toy @ 9:45am

In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter outside the tour entrance gate as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your “tiger” strength.

Mar 18

Pioneer a Predator @ 10:30am

Different animals look strange for a reason! Join Wildlife Interpreter Shayleen as we learn how these strange features found on our predators give them an advantage in their environment! We will do a short craft at the end!

Mar 18

What does a Bear Eat? @ 11:30am

Did you know bears are omnivores, just like people? They spend the majority of their days scavenging for food. Join our Wildlife Interpreter and explore the diverse diets of our bears here at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge and how it compares to humans, and what bears eat in the wild.

Mar 18

What is a True Sanctuary? @ 12:30pm

The most important aspect of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is being a true sanctuary, providing forever homes for abused and neglected big cats. Join our Wildlife Interpreter Jessica outside the tour entrance gate to learn about the difference between a true and fake sanctuary. We can work together to save more animals!

Mar 18

Enrichment Making Fun @ 1:30pm

Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we learn about different enrichment items and help us gather or put something together for our animals we have here at Turpentine Creek! What we do is a surprise, and it is up to the Interpreter to decide!

Mar 18

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 2:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 19

Pollution Solution @ 10:30am

Earth provides everything that we need to survive, so it is our duty as humans to make sure we help and protect our planet for ourselves and every living species that we share Earth with. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we discover how we can help the Earth and its residents.

Mar 19

If you give a Tiger a Toy @ 11:30am

In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter outside the tour entrance gate as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your “tiger” strength.

Mar 19

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 1:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 19

Eating like a Tiger @ 2:30pm

Tigers have special characteristics that allow them to be at the top of the food chain and successful predators. Join our Wildlife Interpreter during an interactive program with replica teeth, claws, and jaws and learn what it takes to be on top of the food chain.

Mar 19

Glacier's Birthday

Glacier turns 14!

Mar 20

The Majestic Lion @ 10:30am

Why do lions live together in prides? How far away can a lion’s call be heard? Join Wildlife Interpreter outside the tour entrance gate as we explore the world of the majestic Lion and learn the stories of the Lions that call Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge home.

Mar 20

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 12:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 20

What is a True Sanctuary?

The most important aspect of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is being a true sanctuary, providing forever homes for abused and neglected big cats. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to learn about the difference between a true and fake sanctuary. We can work together to save more animals!

Mar 20

Paws and Claws- 1:30pm

Have you ever looked at the feet of wildlife and ever wondered why they are all different? Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore different adaptations for survival and why paws and claws are so important.

Mar 21

Wildlife in Captivity @ 10:30am

We love Bam Bam and are happy that we can provide him with his forever home. However, we wish that he had never been a pet and could have been the wild bear that he should be. Join our Wildlife Interpreter in front of Bam Bam’s habitat to learn more about his story and the exotic pet trade.

Mar 21

Bears 4 Beginners @ 11:30am

While grizzly bears don’t live naturally in Arkansas, black bears do! Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we learn how to i.d. these two different bears, making life easier when you visit a place that they live naturally together!

Mar 21

If you give a Tiger a Toy @12:30pm

In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter outside the tour entrance gate as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your “tiger” strength.

Mar 21

Enrichment Making Fun @ 1:30pm

Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we learn about different enrichment items and help us gather or put something together for our animals we have here at Turpentine Creek! What we do is a surprise, and it is up to the Interpreter to decide!

Mar 22

Enrichment Making Fun @ 10:30am

Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we learn about different enrichment items and help us gather or put something together for our animals we have here at Turpentine Creek! What we do is a surprise, and it is up to the Interpreter to decide!

Mar 22

Black Panthers, Do They Exist? @ 11:30am

Have you ever heard the term black panther? What species of cat is it? There is actually no true species of cat which name is a black panther. Join our Wildlife Interpreter in an interactive activity to learn which species are called a black panther, and where the name came from.

Mar 22

If you give a Tiger a Toy @ 1:30pm

In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter outside the tour entrance gate as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your “tiger” strength.

Mar 22

Talking Tracks @ 2:30pm

Toes, claws, and paws are clues to identifying different tracks left behind by different animals. Join Wildlife Interpreter Shayleen as we look and identify different track molds that you may or may not encounter in the wild.

Mar 23

Hype of Hybrids @ 9:45am

We have many animals that do not look like normal wild cats. There are several hybrids here at Turpentine; meet our Wildlife Interpreter and discuss what a hybrid is and why these creatures should not exist.

Mar 23

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 10:30am

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 23

Be Bear Aware @ 11:30am

95% of the time, people are responsible for the bear’s outcome in an attack. Join our Wildlife Interpreter and discover how to be safe when visiting bear country for both humans and bears alike.

Mar 23

Paws and Claws @ 12:30pm

Have you ever looked at the feet of wildlife and ever wondered why they are all different? Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore different adaptations for survival and why paws and claws are so important.

Mar 23

If you give a Tiger a Toy @ 1:30pm

In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter outside the tour entrance gate as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your “tiger” strength.

Mar 23

Crazy Colorful Wildlife @ 2:30pm

To help them survive in the wild, cats have developed camouflage! Join our wildlife interpreter as we talk about the colors of cats all over the world. Test your skills at finding the cats hidden in images in a family fun game.

Mar 24

Enrichment Making Fun @ 11:30am

Join a Wildlife Interpreter as we learn about different enrichment items and help us gather or put something together for our animals we have here at Turpentine Creek! What we do is a surprise, and it is up to the Interpreter to decide!

Mar 24

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 12:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 24

Pioneer a Predator @ 2:30pm

Different animals look strange for a reason! Join Wildlife Interpreter Shayleen as we learn how these strange features found on our predators give them an advantage in their environment! We will do a short craft at the end!

Mar 25

Eating like a Tiger @ 9:45am

Tigers have special characteristics that allow them to be at the top of the food chain and successful predators. Join our Wildlife Interpreter during an interactive program with replica teeth, claws, and jaws and learn what it takes to be on top of the food chain.

Mar 25

Talking Tracks @ 10:30am

Toes, claws, and paws are clues to identifying different tracks left behind by different animals. Join Wildlife Interpreter Shayleen as we look and identify different track molds that you may or may not encounter in the wild.

Mar 25

Surviving in the Wild @ 11:30am

Wild cats of all sizes, possess traits to make them great predators. Join our Wildlife Interpreter as they dive into the life of a wild cat and what makes them dangerous.

Mar 25

Paws and Claws @ 12:30pm

Have you ever looked at the feet of wildlife and ever wondered why they are all different? Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore different adaptations for survival and why paws and claws are so important.

Mar 25

Backyard Predators @ 1:30pm

There are lots of clues that can help you figure out what lives in your backyard and neighborhoods! Join Wildlife Interpreter Shayleen as we i.d. some predators that call Arkansas home and might be living in your backyard or neighborhood!

Mar 25

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 2:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 26

If you give a Tiger a Toy @11:30am

In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter outside the tour entrance gate as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your “tiger” strength.

Mar 26

Tiger Trade @ 12:30pm

There are only 3,800 tigers left in the wild but unfortunately there are more in captivity only in the United States. Join our Wildlife Interpreter to discuss the worldwide trade in tiger parts and how this affects wild tiger populations.

Mar 26

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 1:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 26

Paws and Claws @ 2:30pm

Have you ever looked at the feet of wildlife and ever wondered why they are all different? Join our Wildlife Interpreter as we explore different adaptations for survival and why paws and claws are so important.

Mar 27

If you give a Tiger a Toy @ 10:30am

In the wild tigers can find many things to keep them physically and mentally active. However, in captivity if not given proper enrichment can lead to lack of important activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter outside the tour entrance gate as we explore some of the enrichment toys given to our cats and get a chance to test your “tiger” strength.

Mar 27

Eating like a Tiger @ 12:30pm

Tigers have special characteristics that allow them to be at the top of the food chain and successful predators. Join our Wildlife Interpreter during an interactive program with replica teeth, claws, and jaws and learn what it takes to be on top of the food chain.

Mar 27

Wild Child Scavenger Hunt @ 1:30pm

Learn how to forage like a wild animal with Turpentine Creek's Wild Child Scavenger Hunt! An interactive game for the whole family to enjoy, you will discover and meet the animals at TCWR and find all the clues to the activity. Meet our Wildlife Interpreter today to get started with your fun adventure.

Mar 27

Elusive Leopard @ 2:30pm

In the trees of the jungle lies a master hider and unique predator; the Leopard. Join our Wildlife Interpreter at the Leopard habitats as we discover more about this master predator.

Mar 28

Donner's Birthday

Donner turns 7!

Mar 31

Karma's Birthday

Karma turns 12!

May 16

Endangered Species Day

Staff and interns of TCWR are taking part in Endangered Species Day! Come join us as we learn about the importance of national and international conservation efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats all around the world.

Jul 01

Animal Sanctuary Day

TCWR is a true sanctuary that rescues abused and neglected big cats and bears. Come visit us on Animal Sanctuary Day to see why supporting true sanctuaries is so important.

Jul 29

International Tiger Day

Join Turpentine Creek staff and interns on July 29th to help raise awareness about the declining tiger population. A hundred years ago, 100,000 tigers roamed Asia. Today fewer than 4,000 remain in the wild. Come and take part in fun and educational activities to learn how you can help save tigers all across the world.

Oct 29

National Cat Day

Come visit us at TCWR on October 29th and join us in celebrating International Cat Day! This is a day used to raise awareness for homeless domestic cats of all species and backgrounds, and to explore ways to help and protect them. Here at TCWR, we are a forever home to exotic cats. But, there is an ever growing problem of homeless domesticated cats in neighborhoods all around the world. Come join us in finding solutions to some of the issues that our feline friends, wild and domestic, are facing.

Nov 17

National Black Cat Day

Black cats, domestic and wild, are commonly thought to be bad luck or bad omens. Here at TCWR we are home to one black, or melanistic, leopard named Spyke. Come visit us to learn how to help black cats of all shapes and sizes, including Spyke!

Dec 04

World Wildlife Conservation Day

Come and join us at TCWR on Wildlife Conservation Day, December 4th. Did you know many species, from all over the world, are endangered due to harmful actions of humans; from hunting and wildlife trafficking to the destruction of their habitats. Through interactive programs, discover how you can help stop the number of endangered species from rising and how to help the ones whose numbers are already extremely low.

Dec 10

International Day of Animal Rights

Visit TCWR for National Animal Rights Day as we discover how we can help stop the abuse that wildlife endure from humans. This is a day dedicated to spread awareness on all wildlife established by the non-profit Our Planet. Theirs Too. Join TCWR staff as we explore different opportunities to become their voice and help stop their suffering.