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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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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1 person found this review helpful

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

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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3 people found this review helpful

My family attended the tree toss after Christmas. I wasn't sure what to expect, and was unprepared for the incredible experience. The staff and volunteers were extremely knowledgeable and truly loved the animals. The habitats were well maintained and the animals looked to be well taken care of. To be so close and be able to watch the joy the trees and presents brought to the animals was unlike any other experience. I highly recommend this center to people to visit and donate to. One visit and you're hooked! We will be attending again this year!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We visited the Conservatory Center this summer. We did the treats and toys tour which was the best! The animals are well cared for and the care takers work hard to keep all the animals happy. They have an adoption program where you can adopt an animal of your choice and even visit your adopted animal. All employees were very courteous and informative.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

We had never heard of the conservators center, but I had a coupon, so I figured why not? I'm so very pleased we went! It was easily one of the most amazing experiences my family has ever had. Being able to interact with the animals and see them in such a natural way was just an absolute blessing. It's really an incredible place.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

We had never heard of the conservators center, but I had a coupon, so I figured why not? I'm so very pleased we went! It was easily one of the most amazing experiences my family has ever had. Being able to interact with the animals and see them in such a natural way was just an absolute blessing. It's really an incredible place.

 
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