Conservators Center

Rating: 4.96 stars   140 reviews

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I'm a veterinary technician as well as a member of our state animal response team. The care that these animals get, everything from natural habit (as close as you can get in NC), medical care, enrichment (toys, scents) and the love of their handlers is evident everytime you visit. Most of these animals have been rescued from horendous situations. I thank god that there is a group like this to help these animals out and to educate the public. Their one on one interaction with the tour groups is phenomenal, everyone from the youngest to the oldest in the tour get their questions answered. There are no stupid questions at CCI.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Being a veterinary professional and part of the State Animal Response Team as well as the North Carolina Veterinary Response Corp I see a lot of horrors out there, everywhere from dogs and cats to exotics. That is definitely NOT the case at CCI. These animals have been rescued from the worst situations imaginable and have come to animal heaven. No worries, good food, a safe and loving environment and best of all a FOREVER HOME. I have known Mindy all of my life and am well acquainted with her large and loving heart. Doug and Mindy are members of the State Animal Response Team and we know they are always there to help out if we have an exotic situation. A tour of this facility has been long talked about by any one that I have brought out and everyone wants to know when they can go back. To everyone who volunteers their time there thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the difference of the attitudes of the animals from when they first arrive to after they've settled in. They become a lot more calmer and happier/playful.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to see the animals up close, not from the far side of an encloser. Also, just seeing the animals respond as they would naturally with plenty of room to play.

Ways to make it better...

more people would be able to come out and visit, if CCI had more donations they would be able to expand on what they do wonderfully now.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Having volunteered and interned at six other wildlife sanctuaries and zoos, I was very impressed with Censervator's Center Inc.! You could feel the compassion the founders have for their mission and inhabitants just by hearing them talk about the animals and the continuing plans they have for expansion and improvements. Every cage had animals who seemed relaxed, content and used the cage enrichments that had been thoughtfully added to their space. I wish I could help them monetarily, because like most non-profits, financial sources are stretched to their full capacity and there is always a need for more. My experience at the Conservator's Center was amazing because of the care Mindy Stinner took to answer all of my questions, she gave me a comprehensive tour of the facility and is a wealth of of up-to-date information. The Center is one I would want to model my own after. It is a great example of passionate people who are truly contributing to the animal cause and making a difference.

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

give them money and help fundraise so they can accomplish all of their important and realistic goals.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing animals happy to be in a safe and nurturing environment.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make major contributions to rescuing animals and make a significant impact on the conservation of endangered species.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend there. I live across the country and would be there any chance my schedule would allow.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

time, manpower and resources that most organizations like this lack. But they are doing the best they possibly can with what they have.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

 
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