Sunday, March 05, 2006

Turpentine Creek Road Show of Tiger and Serval

BENTONVILLE, AK — While being a newcomer in Bentonville may not always be easy, the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce and the Bentonville Advertising and Promotion Commission are working to make the transition a bit smoother.


For the third year, the two organizations held the Business and Lifestyle Expo at the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center Saturday. "It gets people connected to businesses and services in the area, including nonprofit and for-profit organizations."


A total of 118 organizations came out for the day-long event, which was kept busy throughout.


Plenty of activities were available for the kids as well, including face-painting from the Fusion Art Gallery and magic shows by Jack the Magician and Super Steve.


It was a way for organizations to get their names out to the community — but some organizations can remain unknown even by longtime residents.


One of those was the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, where passers-by got a chance to see a Bengal Tiger and a serval, a type of cat. "It’s amazing that people who have lived in Eureka Springs don’t even know there’s a wildlife refuge in their neighborhood," said Rose Itzcovitz, an intern who has worked at the refuge for approximately six months.


Turpentine Creek claims to be the largest big cat refuge in the world, holding 113 big cats that were rescued from those who tried to take them in as pets — or just needed to give them good homes.


The facility builds natural enclosures for its animals — giving them room to run, play and explore within familiar habitats.




For the cats,


Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue

an Educational Sanctuary home

to more than 100 big cats

12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625

813.493.4564 fax 885.4457

Sign our petition here:


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