Conservators Center

Rating: 4.96 stars   140 reviews

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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1 person found this review helpful

My three friends and I went on a tour and were treated with great respect by the volunteers. You could immediately tell that they all have a true connection with these animals and are truly devoted to their well being. They answered all of our questions, let us take our time admiring all of their animals and we all even got to roar with the lions and howl with the wolves. It was an unforgettable experience and one we hope to have again soon!!!!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We took our first tour earlier this month and cannot wait to go back! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable and the facilities are clean and roomy. I didn't feel sorry for any of the animals. In fact, I felt grateful they had such an amazing environment with so many people who loved them. It was absolutely incredible hearing wolves howl and lions oof and roar!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would love to see larger enclosures and cannot wait for them to get their veterinary clinic built!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I recently visited my daughter who took me to the Conservatory - it was a wonderful experience to see how these magnificent animals can live in harmony with each other. The caregivers are a dedicated group of people who only have the animals' welfare at heart. I highly recommend a visit - it's worth every minute and penny! Thank you to all of you who have dedicated your lives to the saving of others. I only wish that people could get along as well as these beautiful creatures do! Thanks so much!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more land if I had it to give.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have personally visited twice bringing my family. The exceptional care theses animals get shows! Everyone was so helpful and even friendly to the two legged people!
However, you could tell by the facility and the staff they love that place and would do anything for the animals not at towing them harm in any way.
The structures were made with the animals in mind for their health and lifestyle..

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing! Keep up the great work y'll are doing!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My family visited on the recommendation by a friend & it was fabulous! Well worth the drive & MORE than worth the tour fee. We were thrilled by the excellent condition of the facility, the animals are very well housed & taken care of & the tour guides know their business. We know the money they receive is being well & wisely used & I gladly bought even more things in their gift shop! We will be back to take a twilight tour so we can get to interact with all of the animals at the Conservators Center!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing except get them even more press & public media to bring their cause to even more people!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our family visited in April, and we cannot wait to go back over the summer with relatives. The guides were extremely well informed, but more importantly you could tell how passionate they were and their love and respect for the animals was abundantly clear. We couldn't believe how close you could get to the animals and I can still hear the lions talking to one another and we were thrilled to hear and see the wolves howling so up close and personal! I tell everyone about the Center and I hope they go because it's an amazing experience. The facilities are fabulous, which you don't expect when you first turn in the driveway. I suggest they spruce that up a bit because some may turn around based upon a first glance.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I never expected to be THAT close to magnificent animals--including lions and tigers. Hearing them "speak" thunderously or chuff more subtly to one another or to our guide all across the sanctuary is an experience I will never forget. And our guide was extremely knowledgeable about this wide variety of animals, and more than willing to speak to us at length to answer any questions we might have. I am proud to have a facility like this in my county and will try to raise awareness to get more support for this center so that these lucky animals can continue to thrive and others less fortunate than they may be able to join them one day.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

It is a wonderful place!! All of the animals are so loved and the staff are caring and loving individuals who really love the animals. I tell everyone I know about this wonderful place. It is not every day you can up close to a lion or tiger. Here they are right in front of you and are so beautiful. The most interesting animals to me are the Binturongs ( or bear cats). They are so cool. They smell like corn chips and take other animals as pets. :)

Linda Cohen :)

 
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1 person found this review helpful

My husband and I have visited there several times over the years and find it a remarkable place. I teach at a junior college and every new class I show my students the Converservator Center website. The animals are genuinely loved and it shows. I highly recommend going there for a wonderful experience. I love the zoo but to see a lion you have to use your binoculors. Here they are a few feet away. But not to worry. The staff are very professional and know how to handle the animals and things there are very safe. -- Linda Cohen :)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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