NWA Gives: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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One-time donations:
Amount Raised: $1,190
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NWA Gives...And Beyond!

Northwest Arkansas Gives Day is April 8, 2021!

This virtual 12-hour giving party, from 8 AM - 8 PM, offers you a chance to be wildly generous whether you are in Northwest Arkansas or beyond!

Your Goal:

Join together to raise $1, $5, $20, $100, $1,000- whatever you can - to reach $35,000 by 8 PM, April 8!


  • Cover expenses associated with low-admission during the COVID-19 pandemic and winter storms

  • Recover funds lost to winter storm damage

  • Assist in rebuilding TCWR’s emergency fund (which was depleted during the pandemic)

  • Allow us to quickly answer the calls for upcoming rescues

  • Care for the animal residents who call TCWR home

Wait...Who ARE WE?

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing abandoned, abused, and neglected big cats, primarily focusing on tigers, lions, cougars, bobcats, leopards, and big cat hybrids.

The Refuge's mission is focused on not only providing a forever home to big cats in need, but also to solving the problems that causes these animals to require help in the first place.

This is done through education and advocacy initiatives. Turpentine Creek is open to the public and works with schools and organizations nationwide to educate everyone at every age about the plights big cats face in the captivity. They are prominent voices in support the Big Cat Public Safety Act, a bill that restricts what can be done with big cats in captivity, leading to less animal abuse and an increase of protection of law enforcement, EMTs, and the public, who are often most affected by a big cat attack or escape.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is a proudly accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and is a founding member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance.

Who We Aren't

Nope, we are NOT that guy with the tigers who recently had a Netflix special made about him.

We do NOT: buy, sell, breed, or trade animals

When an animal comes here, they are here for life.

Places (like us) who are not part of a Species Survival Program should never breed exotic animals. Sadly, places (like circuses, private dealers, and "pay-to-play" schemes do. Those places are often where we rescue animals from; those animals almost always have health problems stemming from inbreeding, improper care, over-breeding, and from being ripped away from their mothers too quickly.

Connect With Us


Twitter: @turpentinecreek

Instagram: @turpentinecreek


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