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.
I first took a tour back in February living five minutes away I had heard about the conservators center but had never been. All my life in Caswell county it was about time. I'm going to school for animal care and management and decided after my Amazing tour I had that how awesome it would be to volunteer! So after volunteering a few times a spot in the gift shop opened up so I just went ahead and applied and I got hired on almost immediately. The conservators center is my safe haven. The people here are my family and the animals are my family. Each and every resident human or not on this property is cared for in so many extraordinary ways that makes the world a better place. They time and efforts put into each project big or small is amazing and the efforts put in to push for better things is unbelieveable! This is my home and this place is amazing!
I have been visiting and volunteering at the Conservators' Center for as long as I can remember, the animals and humans are like family to me. Matthai lion and I have a very special relationship. It has been an honor to sponsor him and be a part of his life for the last almost 13 years.
The Conservators' Center has grown by leaps and bounds these last 10 years. I have been apart of every tour offered and they are all unique and fun. Each trained volunteer has their own way to guide the tours, and each are fabulous. I adore how much they love these animals.
Oh wow! I have been going out to visit and volunteer out at the Conservators' Center for over 7 years! The people and animals are like my family. When you go to visit it isn't like going to the zoo. You are on a tour with a person who knows the center and the story of each of those animals and they ALL have a story to share. Another aspect that I LOVE and other people that I have spoken to LOVE is that you get so much closer to these animals than you ever would in a zoo. You get to see how they interact with the visitors and keepers. It is truly amazing.
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Everytime I go, my pace slows down, my heart fills with joy, and my smile broadens. I never want to leave. My daughter and I went about 5 years ago, just to witness the Xmas tree toss, and went home having adopted Bella, a glorious tiger. She caught my eye, and my heart, when she fell asleep on a tree, legs splayed around it like it was a favorite pillow. Although I don't get there as often as I would like, I am ever grateful that we have Bella. It is a thrill each time we offer her some favorite treats, or listen to the lions oofing, or watch the binturongs play, or look into the eyes of a majestic wolf. The humans who serve these beloved animals are gracious, informed, generous and loving. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and it shows. The Conservator's Center is a magical oasis amidst our sometimes frenetic lives. These four-leggeds are a treasure to behold. Give yourself the gift of spending some time there. You will not regret it!
My first experience at the Convservator's Center was the best birthday present I've ever gotten. I got to see Servals and a freaking cute young Caracal. I found out what Binturongs are and why they are important! I heard the wolves howl, met some New Guinea singing dogs and a Dog who pretended to be a New Guinea singing dog just to find his Furever home, and saw their beautiful and graceful neighbors Ramsey and Savannah Leopard. I could tell that all of these animals were loved and cared for regardless of the situations they came from.
Then I had an experience that changed my life forever. Standing less than 5 feet in front of Matthai Lion, face to face with one of the most beautiful creatures I've ever seen, I witnessed the sheer power of somewhere between 10 and 20 lions oofing (think roaring) which is the way they say greet each other! Imagine something so powerful that it both physically and emotionally rattles your core! I do not have the words to explain how powerful this is!
After seeing the lions we got to chuffle with the tigers who are also beautiful and powerful creatures! I may be partial to the lions (My wife and I adopt Kiara, a beautiful lioness off of the tour path) and have a sweet spot for the beautiful tigers and leopards, but don't let them steal all of your attention! The conservator's center is home to almost 90 animals, every single one special in their own way, each one loved and cared for in every way they need.
The Conservator's Center is an experience that should not be missed. Every single volunteer and staff member loves what they do and cares for and respect the animals. You can hear it in the stories that they tell about the animals that they love.
Three years ago we used a Groupon to have a family experience instead of giving gifts for a holiday and that Groupon landed us in the midst of a Twilight Tour at the Conservators' Center. As we pulled up, it was dusk and the lions were already oofing! and the wolves were howling! It was a spine chilling, goosebump experience. It did not take us long to decide we needed to be a part of this amazing place. We have been adopters ever since and love, love, love our family time spent with our tiger and the wonderful staff and volunteers who feel like family.
I can't put into words what it feels like when the lions 'oooff'. Or the joy I feel seeing a 500 lb cat playing in a cardboard box. The Conservators' Center is one of the most unique places I have ever experienced. The staff and volunteers are all there because they love what they do...and it shows. I'm forever taking new and old friends and visiting family to visit, and they are always simply amazed. I will always support the Conservators' Center.
It is not a stretch to say that The Conservators' Center is my favorite place. I say it every time I visit, and to anyone who will listen! It is a remarkable facility focused on education, rescue, and conservation, and they take their mission seriously. The animals are incredible, special beings, with unique stories and needs, and you can learn about and see nearly all of them on any one of the many tours the Center offers. The tour guides are informed and energetic - they love their roles as educators and guides. And you will fall in love with a lion...or a tiger...or a lemur...or a serval...or a lynx...or a fox....or a binturong...or, if you're like me, with all of them! Visiting CCI is an experience you won't soon forget, and I'll wager one visit won't be enough. I am so grateful to have found this amazing facility so close to home!
Conservators Center is such an amazing place. They care so much for the animals that they have rescued. They also help and give advice to other rescues around the world. I feel at home there and the animals are very well loved and cared for. It is just amazing.
This charming facility cares for animals that have been pets and other stuff that were improperly cared for. They care so much about the animals, that the animals live longer than in zoos. They allow people to be close to the animals and teach people about how majestic they are. I have never felt so close to a group of people and animals.
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.
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 first discovered the Conservators' Center through a friend who works there. I grew up as an animal lover, and her ability to tell the stories of the animals before they came to the Center was beyond compare. Some of the stories were chillingly beautiful, while others were heart-breakingly sad. Many animals at the Center came from mishandled human captivity, either through simple neglect or outright abuse, while some others came from homes that loved and cared for them, but simply could not meet their needs. I was amazed at their ability to take in all these animals, despite their limited budget, and provide good, consistent care. Each animal lives a comfortable, well cared for life, getting top quality veterinary/medical care, consistent food, and companionship both from members of their own species and from trained, dedicated staff. The Conservators' Center is truly an amazing place to visit and see.
I LOVE the Conservators' Center! There is no place I would rather spend my free time. From the first moment you pull onto the long gravel drive, through the winding road through the woods, you are then welcomed by the friendly staff if the gift shop. The tours are both knowledgeable and fun, with each animal exhibiting their unique personalities. The intimate enclosures give you the feeling of a closeness with the animal that cannot be experienced anywhere else. I highly recommend the Center!!
Very special people taking care of very special creatures. Animals that humans, in their ignorance or apathy, would have let starve or be mistreated. This facility provides quality of life for many types of wild animals in a rural setting only enhanced by the animals presence. I originally brought my son to visit on his birthday because tigers are his favorite animal. Little did I know that I would become a donor, albeit a small one. The volunteer who led our tour took the time to frame a picture of one of the residents and give it to my son. It hangs on the wall in his room to this day. Thanks to the staff for providing a wonderful experience.
I would like to tell you our story about Jerimiah our Lemuar and how we had to find him a home he had grown into an adult and was becoming more and more diffult to manage especially to females, I was starting to be afraid of him and knowing I would have to be the one to feed him and change him was getting harder. We called many places and no one wanted him, I even called the Asheboro Zoo thinking they would take him because they had lemuars but they would not they told me to put him down. I was so angry with that response I could hardly think straight. Put him down, a perfectly healthy lemuar with no health problems no way I said storming out of my room, I was outraged a zoo that is equipted supposably would tell you to do that, well with that response I was more now than ever more determined that if I could not place him in a faclity that would be educated enough and equipted to handle this presious creation of God's work of art that I would somehow find a way to handle him at my own home some how some way. But I wuold not and I repeat I would not put him as they say down. So I continued to call and finaly my prayers were answered God turned me to the right phone call and they told me about the Conservators Center, I spoke to Mindy and she talked to Doug and we were asked to bring Jerimiah to meet them. They saw this lovely creature and said that they would take him on a trial basis. We gave a good size donation along with our help and built his house inside of the cage that they could put him in until they could fix up his permanant place. These two people along with their voluntiers are a Gods blessing to us as well as the wildlife animals that can no longer live in the homes of people who think that having a wild animal is something that they can handle. As small wild animals they are cute and cuddley but as they mature they endow their natural wildlife habits and can become harmful to people that know very little about how to handle them. I feel that I was called by God to take Jeri in as a small baby and then find him a home once he grow up becuase God knows how much my husband and I love animals of all kinds and we would make sure Jerimiah was taking good care of and loved. We love Jerimiah very much and we know that Mindy and Dough do as well and that they are God's care takeres for these beauitful creatures of God's and he will provide for them through people like us and you because if you are reading this you must love these babies too. May God bless you and alll, Kathy and Ron Humble the previous partents of Jerimiah and lifetime adopting partents for Jerimiah which now has a companion Cookie, a female Lemuar. If you can help out with their cause I am sure God will bless you greatly with his love and graciousness.
I am a fan of big cats and the Conservators Center has big cats: lions, tigers, leopards, and small cats, too: bob cats, servals, caracals, jungle cats, lynx, ocelots, chausies, & Geoffroy's cat. They have other animals as well. The Conservators Centers does a fantastic job of caring for them all and ensuring for the safety of the animals are safe, the community, and their keepers. The animals are used now for educational purposes and in educating the public, they perform another much needed public service. The education primarily revolves around the stories of how all the animals came to be the Center and the role of some of the animals in their native habitat/ecosystem. You see, almost all of their animals are all wards of the state (so to speak); they've been confiscated by the department of agriculture, fish and game, or other government agency from their owners who held them illegally, or found they could no longer care for them. Yes the Conservators Center does Good!
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Rescue organization for large and small exotic animals. A large group of lions and tigers. All animals are very well cared for and are all animals experience enrichment. My first visit resulted in my adopting 2 animals. One very beautiful lioness and one very handsome singing dog.
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The Conservator's Center is an amazing place filled with special animals and people. We have been adopters for the past 2 years after taking a tour of the facility. If you haven't been, take the time and you won't be disappointed!
An old school friend is a volunteer at the Conservator's Center, and he took us on a tour. It was amazing to see how much they were able to do with the funds they had, and all of the animals seemed well cared-for and genuinely cared-about. I live 1000 miles away, so I haven't gotten to see the new improvements they've made to the facilities, but I get the e-newsletter every month. If you're in NC or near enough to drive, I definitely recommend scheduling a tour.
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