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Glamp With Tigers at This Wildlife Refuge in the Ozarks

Arkansas Wildlife Epic Stays
by Matador Creators Jul 5, 2024

Waking up to the roar of a tiger is an intimidating prospect. It doesn’t have to be, however, at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. That’s because here, you can glamp at a safe distance from the cats but still be close enough to take in the sights, smells, and sounds of their habitat.

The Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a big cat sanctuary located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The sanctuary operates as a non-profit organization that provides a forever home to big cats that have been abused, abandoned, or who are former circus or other performance cats that are now retired. retired from performing. Other animals also take refuge here, but the tigers are the most prominent (and the coolest to see from a safe distance).

The tiger habitats at Turpentine Creek are designed to replicate the animals’ natural habitats around the world, at east as much as is possible in the Ozarks. The habitats are large and spacious, with plenty of room for the tigers to roam and explore grassy fields, trees, rocks, and pools of water.


Glamping at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Glamping at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge offers a unique way to experience the beauty of the Ozarks and spend the night near majestic big cats. The tents are named after some of the refuge’s most popular residents: Bam Bam’s Bungalow and Tigris Tent. Both tents are suitable for families with children of all ages and are available from March to November.

Instead of wrestling with tent poles and sleeping bags, you’ll get to relax in a spacious glamping tent that comes with all the comforts of home, including:

  • Plush beds
  • Lounge space with heat andair conditioning
  • A mini-fridge, coffee maker, and microwave
  • Epic views and the real vibe of sleeping in the jungle

Of course, you don’t have to sleep there if the prospect sounds intimidating. Day tickets to the refuge are $32 for adults, $20 for kids, with kids under three in for free. It’s also possible to sponsor an animal or make a donation to the organization in other ways. Accommodations start at $200 per night, with the comfort of knowing your money is helping these animals live a better life.

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