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Conservators Center

Rating: 4.96 stars   140 reviews 6,984

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Education

Address:

676 E Hughes Mill Rd Burlington NC 27217 USA

Mission:

The Conservators Center reconnects people with wildlife by introducing visitors to rare, threatened, and endangered species—up close and personal. The conservancy’s animal residents serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts: You are more likely to become invested in these species after you meet them and learn about their inherent value. Looking a tiger in the eye, hearing lions call to one another, howling with wolves, and meeting a binturong for the first time will forever change your perspective. You protect what you know.

Results:

We provide permanent homes to dozens of wild animals and have networked to place hundreds of animals in excellent homes; we reach thousands of visitors and program recipients each year; graduate 40+ interns per year; provided critical support for overseas conservation programs in Chile and Vietnam; placed educational animals in several outstanding zoos in the US, Europe, and the Middle East

Target demographics:

Wildlife and wildlife professionals

Direct beneficiaries per year:

About 100 animals on site, about 20,000 visitors and program recipients, local and national government agencies who need assistance with emergency placements

Geographic areas served:

United States

Programs:

Educational tours and events for the general public. Internships for college students. Workshops and activities for wildlife professionals and educators. Collaboration with North Carolina State University Center for Veterinary Medicine's Carnivore Team to provide students with real-world learning experiences. Home for wild animals who need to move from their current situation—this includes retirement/rehoming from zoos and other facilities; owner surrender of a wild animal for which they cannot provide care; and assistance to authorities who have confiscated wild animals from inappropriate homes.

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888-650-1139
http://www.conservatorscenter.org

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2 people found this review helpful

I would rate the Center even higher if I could. Positively MAGICAL! I go every year at least once a year (for my birthday) and shoot for more visits throughout the year. Go for the Twilight Tour-the nocturnal tours provide the opportunity to view most, if not all, of the animals alert and reactive. No tour is the same, the guides are SO knowledgeable (LOVE Kevin and Frank) and just take my word for it...when there's a dusting of stars in the sky, the lions are chuffing, and the wolves begin to howl...there's no place quite like it anywhere on Earth.

 
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My first tour to the center was in 2014 with a group of summer camp kids. From the moment I set foot on the property, I knew I had found my "happy place." The experience of meeting the animals up close while hearing personal stories of each animal from tour guides is so refreshing and so different from a zoo. Seeing lions, tigers and leopards from 10 feet away was amazing and I enjoyed meeting and falling in love with binturongs, genets, singing dogs, Geoffrey's cats, jungle cats and others I was seeing for the first time. The staff and volunteers are all so committed to the animals and it shows every moment of every day. I especially love that the health, safety and emotional well-being of the animals always comes first at the Conservators Center. The staff and volunteers are so in-tune with the animals - they know what makes them happy and when something is "off" that they need to watch. I never know WHO is more excited by new items gifted by wish list donors - the animals or the humans who get to see the animals enjoy them.
My love for the center and the animals led me to begin my volunteer journey with this group in August 2014 and I am so thankful that I became involved. Every time I am at the center I learn something new and amazing from the veteran staff. Each staff member makes sure the volunteers feel appreciated and there is always something worthwhile to learn and do.
To be onsite and hear the wolves and coyote howl, the lions "oof" and the singing dogs sing is not something that can fully be explained in words - it's a feeling like no other that simply has to be experienced. The center's mission is to reconnect people with wildlife - they've done that and so much more for me. I highly recommend a visit to the center!!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Went to the Tree Toss on Jan 9th. What an experience!!! This was my second visit to the Center - the staff are so knowledgeable and helpful! And the animals!!!! What can you say about being that close to such wonderful loving animals!!!! If you haven't been there you MUST go!!! It is an experience that you won't soon forget!!! Visit, donate, volunteer!!! This is an experience like no other!!!!

 
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The tour was terrific. The animals so well taken care by the staff. The tour guides were extremely informative. We could have spent ALL DAY! Worth my trip from Ohio!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Our summer camp program at TRU Teakwondo Center in Winston Salem, NC visited the Conservators Center for a field trip in the summer 2015. The kids and adults loved it! The caretakers of these animals are amazing and the animals have a wonderful environment full of love. Many of the animals here come from situations where they had nowhere else to go and the center took them in and in most cases made special accommodations to make sure the animals had a great home. It is a small environment where the caretakers are very knowledge about the animals and know their habits and personalities at a very intimate level. It was wonderful seeing animals being loved and accessible to the public so there can be knowledge passed along to others so these creatures can continue to receive the utmost care.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The animals here are amazing - a twilight tour is up close and personal. You'll learn their rescue stories and about the species and habitats and conservation. The passion in the staff and volunteers is palpable.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I cannot say enough about these guys & what an amazing, educational & entertaining job they do on the tightest of shoestrings. Their organization & volunteer coordination is second to none.
Kudos

 
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3 people found this review helpful

The Conservators Center is an amazing place. It is clear that the staff all really care about the animals and want to educate visitors about their wonderful animals. The sound of the lions "offing" is primal and moving. I highly recommend a photo tour, but any tour is worthwhile.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Took our grandkids there and had a great time. Our guide was great, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to hear the lions communicating with each other at dusk.
Ev & Bill Wesson, Henrico, NC

 
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6 people found this review helpful

Everytime I go, my pace slows down, my heart fills with joy, and my smile broadens. I never want to leave. My daughter and I went about 5 years ago, just to witness the Xmas tree toss, and went home having adopted Bella, a glorious tiger. She caught my eye, and my heart, when she fell asleep on a tree, legs splayed around it like it was a favorite pillow. Although I don't get there as often as I would like, I am ever grateful that we have Bella. It is a thrill each time we offer her some favorite treats, or listen to the lions oofing, or watch the binturongs play, or look into the eyes of a majestic wolf. The humans who serve these beloved animals are gracious, informed, generous and loving. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and it shows. The Conservator's Center is a magical oasis amidst our sometimes frenetic lives. These four-leggeds are a treasure to behold. Give yourself the gift of spending some time there. You will not regret it!

 
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