Turpentine Creek

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Many things are bringing people together while they're staying put during the pandemic, including Netflix's Tiger King, a documentary that focuses on people who operate big cat facilities. The show centers on Joe Exotic, the former owner of a roadside zoo in Oklahoma, who is currently in federal prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill Carole Baskin, the founder and CEO of a big cat sanctuary in Florida.

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Last month, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge staff traveled to Florida to rescue two white tigers from a park where they were forced to participate in cub-petting and swim-with-the-tigers attractions. Luna and Remington are now in their own habitat getting accustomed to the Ozarks.

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An article in National Geographic investigates the lucrative and often cruel exotic big cat industry in U.S. and the wildlife sanctuaries, like Turpentine Creek in Carroll County, that are working to end it.

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A half dozen captive bears rescued by Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Carroll County are finding out what it is like to be wild bears inside their new constructed forest habitat.

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge near Eureka Springs is collaborating with other large cat sanctuaries and a zoo to help combat exotic large cat breeding for profit. We visit the refuge to learn more about the effort.