Conservators Center

Rating: 4.96 stars   125 reviews

Issues: Animals, Education

Location: 676 E Hughes Mill Rd Burlington NC 27217 USA

Mission: The Conservators’ Center is a nonprofit organization that preserves threatened species through rescuing wildlife in need, responsible captive breeding, and providing educational programs and support worldwide. The three parts of our mission – education, conservation, and rescue – support each other and help secure our reputation as a leading facility for the care of these species. To learn more, please visit our website! http://www.conservatorscenter.org/about/our-mission/
Results: Dozens of rescued wild animals live here permanently, we 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: US
Programs: Educational tours and events Workshops and activities for wildlife professionals and educators Internships for college age students Collaboration with the NCSU Center for Veterinary Medicine's Carnivore Team Emergency rescue of wild animals in need Placement assistance for wild animals simply needing re-homing Hands-on training for facility staff from other countries Specialty workshops and classes for wild cat owners and facility staff Limited breeding of chosen species in managed programs
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I visited the center on Sunday, March 29th for probably the 8th time or so. I brought two friends who wanted to know about this place I always talk about. Our tour guide Mandy was great. I had never met her before and really enjoyed her Toys & Treats tour. I love this center. It's definitely my "Happy Place" and now I am a Lifetime Adopter so it's an even happier place for me! It is not problem to drive the 2.5 hours from Fort Mill, SC, and I plan to bring more friends there soon.

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I have been to the center 4 times and I never tire of the tours, the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff and volunteers and the experience of seeing these beautiful animals. I loved it so much that I adopted one of the lions. This is a dream come true for me as I have always loved big cats. I highly recommend this as a lovely day trip for anyone who has a love for animals. You will always remember this experience!

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I've had the opportunity to visit the Conservators' Center twice as a guest - the first time with 100 elementary school children on a field trip and the second time on a photo safari tour. Both times I was treated to a wonderful experience with tour guides who truly cared about the animals they are entrusted with and the guests to the center. Our tour guide for the elementary students was able to answer every single question the students posed - and anyone with young children knows they come up with questions that can be quite challenging! Our field trip tour was one our students still talk about months afterwards. My photo tour almost can't be described (by me anyway) because it was so amazing. My tour guide knew exactly when and where to take me to get the most wonderful photos of the animals. He was able to get wolves to howl and Lions to call to each other - giving me amazing photo memories that I treasure.

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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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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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I went on three (3) different tours (Adult Adventure, Treats & Toys and Adult Twilight) at the Conservators' Center this past summer (2014) when my daughter, Courtney, was working a 6 weeks Summer internship there between her Junior & Senior years of college. It's like nothing you've ever seen or heard before. Definitely something you have to experience yourself to truly know what it feels like to meet & learn about an animal you never knew existed, to be only a few feet from a tiger when he stands up on his hind legs for a treat, turning a corner & coming face to face with the wolves for the first time or hearing the lions oofing to one another. Hearing the stories of how all of these beautiful creatures came to be at the Conservators' Center will both make you laugh & break your heart. You'll never look at a picture of someone holding a tiger cub with envy because you'll think about Arthur Tiger and his life before coming to the Conservators' Center. The love & dedication of each person involved in caring for these animals is evident in everything they do 24/7 365 days a year. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable. The Visitors Center staff are friendly & helpful. The keepers, interns & volunteers are insane - working long hot & cold hours to ensure the needs of every animal are met daily. The animals are happy, engaged & healthy living in a place where they are loved. My daughter continues to work at the Conservators' Center as an Animal Care volunteer because being there makes her happy. I'm happy being there too. We're both looking forward to the upcoming Pumpkin Prowl & Tree Toss tours!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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The Conservators Center is an amazing place. You can see the love for the animals and everything that is done to keep them healthy and happy. We have visited several times and have more trips planned. It is great to see that these animals will be able to live out their lives in comfort and love. The center is also a great education on not just the animals they house but on animal trafficking and profiting off of animals. It always warms my heart to visit with the animals and to hear the amazing stories.

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What an amazing operation. The care, dedication, and passion that this place has for these rescued animals is evident throughout. The staff clearly loves what they do and their relationship with the animals is wonderful. You are able to have a very personal, up close experience that is also very safe. We enjoyed this wonderful and unique place and are so very grateful for how they care for these beautiful animals.

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I first visited the Conservator's center over a year ago. I fell in love! I love the animals, their stories, and the way the animal's care comes first! Many of these animals have some sad stories. Most are geriatric. Seeing them being cared for & living out their golden years surrounded by love is a very humbling experience. You get to observe these animals up close. You not only hear the lions oofing or wolves howling or singing dogs singing... You FEEL it. It's something you have to experience. I've brought several people to go on tours & one of them now volunteers there. I find myself trying to find different ways I can help the center because I believe in their mission & that seems to be the effect the center has on people.

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

Create more "customized" tours would be a great way to raise more money.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I was so very surprised at the number of animals in residence at the Conservators' Center and the cleanliness and professionalism of the operation. The tour was conducted by a volunteer who happened to be a medical doctor by profession. He was very thorough in describing each genus of animal as well as each animal individually. It was extremely interesting to see all of the animals up close and personal yet to not feel afraid that they would get out of their enclosures as you could see that they were adequately enclosed while having plenty of room to roam and play in their areas. I wish I lived closer to the center. I would volunteer my time to help in any way that I could. I will return to visit every chance I get and donate as much as I can to this very worthy cause.

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Visited the conservatory center and experienced something that I have never experienced before, I was so close to the wild life and yet the animals felt at home. They were taken care off really well. I admire the passion of the volunteers and other staff to dedicate so much of their time for these wonderful animals at the conservatory center. Really loved being there and definitely recommend everyone to visit if possible as you will definitely experience at least one new thing you have never experienced before.

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I became familiar with the Conservators' Center about a year ago when I took my granddaughter there to see the animals. I was so impressed that these were rescue animals who were like lived by the staff and volunteers. I gave my son-in-law, who is a photographer, a gift certificate to the Photo Safari, an up-close opportunity to photograph the animals. I just can't say enough about the Center...it's awesome!

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