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Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Education, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Zoos & Aquariums

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 exotic animals; we also provide an exotic animal husbandry internship for students around the country and the world; we reach thousands of visitors and program recipients each year; we've critically supported overseas conservation programs in Chile and Vietnam.

Target demographics: Wildlife and wildlife professionals

Direct beneficiaries per year: About 80 animals on site, about 16,000 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.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I first visited the Conservators Center shortly after we moved to the area. Friends had recommended it so highly, we were excited to check it out. The experience did not let us down! It was nothing short of incredible to be so close and personal with such magnificent animals. We enjoyed all parts of the tour, from the animals to the stories the staff told. It was such a wonderful experience, we now share it with our family and friends whenever they come to visit. Everyone always leaves thoroughly impressed! We can't wait for our next visits.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Linda66

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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 :)

1 Danielle63

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 4

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!

1 Yvonne12

Client Served

Rating: 5

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..

1 Lisa250

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

1 Deirdre T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Sherry12

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful way for abused and/or abandoned animals to live out the rest of their days! The tour is great. It's very informative and the volunteers really want to anwser all of your questions.

Review from Guidestar

1 Jessica43

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most passionate and knowledgeable group of staff members! One tour moved my seventeen--year-old brother-in-law to want to sponsor Ami, one of the phenomenal wolves at the Center. Since he could not afford it on his own, he asked for the sponsorship to be his birthday gift from us. Every animal is so special and the staff works to share each and every one of them in all of their uniqueness. You will not find a group of people more in touch with their mission than the staff and volunteers at the Conservators' Center!!

Review from Guidestar

1 Marty S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place! The animals are well taken care of. Everyone that works there or volunteers really have the animals health and safety in mind. I have taken a group of customers to visit and it went perfectly. Everyone was safe, it was enjoyable as well as informative. Overall, just a wonderful place run by a wonderful group of people!

Review from Guidestar

Raven

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know members of this group and have worked with them in our clinic and outside of the hospital. They are truly selfless and dedicated. The time and the care invested in this Conservatorship is immeasurable. They put it all out there everyday, every holiday, every snow day all those days when weather throws you a bombshell...they get up and they go and take care of the residents. Mindy is a dynamo and her heart and her passion are as real and right as the air that surrounds us. This place is a haven and a sanctuary for some of the most beautiful animals on this earth. They have found more than a home here, they are safe. We have the great privilage to share a moment with them, and realize our obligations to ensuring their continuing success in the future by participating in the educational benefits that the Conservators Center brings to the public Get on board, learn about the big cats, the singing dogs, and a host of other animals. It's a marvel, so participate, enjoy and spread the word.... and if you see a Bobcat named Reno, or a serval named Pasha give them a mwao, mwao,mwao from me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mindy and her crew are the best She helped me with a bobcat that Dr Caol Bradford and I had rehabilatated. She opened her center and heart to Reno Bobcat and even found a friend for Reno. They are an inspirational force to be around and work diligently to find the best outcomes for their felines. I am proud to know Mindy and Doug and wish CCI and staff a long and enduring conservatorship. They are truly a big cat's best friends. I urge everyone to go and visit, you'll be glad you did.