If you want to get up-close and personal with wild animals, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours. On May 5th, the refuge will celebrate 20 years of “provid(ing) lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused, and neglected “Big Cats” with emphasis on Tigers, Lions, Leopards, and Cougars” – as stated in their mission statement.
We visited Turpentine last week and were so impressed by the natural habitats that continue to be built to give the cats more space and freedom of movement. Meanwhile, several of the cats are in cages which allow for their close observation – which is particularly interesting during feeding time!
Each cat has its story, and most will break your heart! But thanks to the dedicated folks at Turpentine Creek, all of them have happy endings. (You can find a link to Turpentine’s web site on our Activities page. Each cat has a name but I didn’t take notes during the tour. Photos were taken by our cousin, Ilaria Rattaro of Genova, Italy.)