Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

I thought that my visit to the library with the girls was going to be uneventful, but was gladly surprised when we pulled up and saw this…

this is the best picture I could get of this beautiful tiger, there were actually two of them. 
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge has been traveling the local libraries to speak about their work and collecting donations for their cause. We watched a short video about how they save and take in tigers, lions and bears, allowing them to live a healthy and more normal life. It was sad to hear how some of the animals were made to live previously, seeing pictures of their unkempt living and how skinny they were. After being at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, the animals have become healthy and beautiful again. As you could imagine the expenses of building space for these animals, feedings and medicating them are quite high. If you were as moved as I was, you could either donate money or shop at the online store to help out this awesome cause. 
After listening to the speakers talk about what they do on a day to day basis to take care of these large animals, they took questions. My five year old was so eager to ask her questions, she whispered to me, “mommy, can I ask if they have whales?” being that we live in the midwest I knew that this answer was no, so I encouraged her to think of another question. So she said “mommy, can I ask how many animals they have helped” I said, “yes baby, that’s a great question” She jumped up and raised her hand, asked her question and the answer the lady gave was that they currently have over 120 animals in their care now, and have rescued over 400+. The girl we were talking to was raised around the cats, her grandmother started the refuge a long time ago. What an exciting life!


  1. Turpentine Creek is located just a few miles from my home here in Eureka Springs, AR. I have been long time friends with the family who owns and runs the facility and it is absolutely amazing. The work they do to save so many of these beautiful cats and other animals (they have bears, deer a monkey and more) is more than a full-time job. It is a life long commitment that Scott and Tanya do so well. If you ever get the chance to come visit, please do! (And let me know you’re coming – I’d love to meet you!) Google Eureka Springs, AR. I am sure you will find it is a town well worth visiting. It truly is a place unlike no other and Turpentine Creek is one of our gems!

  2. I would have been scared to death to see such a tiger on my way to the library…

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  4. Beautiful tiger! I’m a new follower from the Fun Tuesday Hop! Thanks for hosting!

  5. What a beautiful Tiger and what a great thing they are doing! It must be really rewarding and a lot of work!

  6. I am a new follower from the OUR Family World- Tuesday Hop. Following via GFC as GRACEandME.

    What a beautiful animal! Tigers are my favourite of all the big cats.