Have you ever looked a tiger in the eye? Felt the whole-body impact of lions roaring? Watched wolves romp through the woods? These and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences are possible at the Conservators' Center, a wildlife conservancy for more than 80 animals. An "oofing" at the Conservators' Center is an experience you'll have to feel to believe. It's the earth-shaking sound our lion prides make when they roar to one another. Our guides call to them on every tour, and you may have the opportunity to hear them from as close as 5 feet away! You'll also get up close and personal with tigers, leopards, wolves, lemurs, binturongs, and other exotic species. Tours, adoptions, memberships, and other donations support our work, so every visit from you helps us help them. Tours are held every weekend as well as some holidays. We have private experiences and field trips during the week. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO GET A RESERVATION FOR YOUR TOUR!
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676 E Hughes Mill Rd - BY RESERVATION ONLY By Reservation Only, Burlington, NC 27217-9341
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We took my 5 1/2 yr old grandson here on a Saturday morning in June. We took the guided tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and made sure we got to see all the animals, even though it was hot and they didn't want to come out. We had never been before so it was a new experience for everyone. You are so much closer to the animals than a regular zoo. If the NC Zoo is too much for your little ones, you should definitely come here. A tour is approximately 2 hours and for as little as they charge it's well worth it.
Written July 4, 2022
Mar 2021 • Couples
We did the Twilight Tour on Saturday 3/20/21 and were pleasantly surprised. This is a well kept, well thought out facility. The tour guide was very educated, informative and entertaining. She kept the group involved. The animals are beautiful and seem happy in their setting. There are many layers of fencing and security to keep the animals and the visitors safe. The most thrilling part of the tour was when the employees called out to the lions and the animals answered back - first the lions, then the wolves and others joined in, echoing through the facility. A wonderful, educational experience!
Written March 22, 2021
This is a fantastic, off the beaten path, gem. The tour guide was very informative and the animals are very well taken care of. It was very exciting to see the lions interact with the humans and create a growling noise.
Written August 8, 2020
Jul 2020 • Couples
Make this a place to tour you will have an amazing real life in jungle experience. My finance took me on secret adventure here for my Birthday this past Saturday July 18 2020 first time and first experience for me and what an amazing adventure it was! The experience of getting the Grey Wolves to Howl all in sync and Large Lions to roar was incredible. I truly felt a love bond with Avalon The beautiful female tiger! 💘💘💘💘💘👍👍👍👍👍They have an upcoming wolf event will be taking my son on
Written July 20, 2020
Aug 2020 • Family
We wanted to see a zoo and came across this animal park. What an incredible place. The animals are so well taken care of. Our guide, Terri, was so informative . But was so interactive with us and the animals as well. They really know and care about the animals. We spent time at every habitat and only left when all the questions were answered I would definitely go back and highly recommend it.
Written August 30, 2020
Jul 2021 • Couples
Decided to visit the Center for my birthday. It was early in the day, and most of the animals were active. Our guide, Emery, did an awesome job! She made learning about the animals fun, and you could tell she really cared about them. I would highly recommend a visit!
Written July 28, 2021
This place is amazing. Definitely worth the drive. We did the adult tour and our guide was awesome giving us lots of information. You can tell he really cares about the animals and that the animals are well taken care of.
Written February 29, 2020
Gray, thank you so much for the glowing review! We are so glad you made the trip out to visit with our Animals. I'll let your guide know your kind words. We hope to see you again!
Written March 3, 2020
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Dec 2020 • Couples
We visited today for the first time and had a really great time! Our guide was awsome and really knowledgeable about all of the animals, you could tell she genuinely loved the animals. all of the enclosures were kept clean and all of the animals looked healthy and happy. in the gift shop the clerk in there was very kind and seemed genuine as well. Overall we had a great time learning about all of the animals and seeing some animals I had never seen before.
Written December 31, 2020
We took our older son, his wife, and our 3 grandsons to the Park for a tour after Thanksgiving. Our guide was very positive, and gave us lots of good information about the animals, their origins, and their habits. While we had been there before, it had been several years, and we enjoyed the visit, especially to see all of the big cats. Look forward to another visit in the future.
Written November 30, 2020
May 2021 • Family
This place is great! You see so many animals up close and the tour guide is really knowledgeable and positive. You can tell they really love the animals and take great care of them. Shouldn’t be missed in Burlington.
Written May 1, 2021
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Hello, I have friends this weekend coming and I have purchased tickets for the tour . Due to the weather saying rain ... would I be able to cancel the tour in case ? If so, the tour is for Sunday would I be able to cancel Saturday if they still saying rain ? Thank you
Sorry, I don’t know. I would call the center. If you have umbrellas you could still do the tour. It’s amazing
We have tickets for the 11.30 tour on Easter Sunday. Our next stop is Asheville. I would like to know 1) is there anyplace to eat that will be open for lunch that day- and 2) is there any must-see sights or stops to plan between Burlington and Asheville? thanks!
There are Cracker Barrels on I-40 along your route that will be open. Hotel restaurants will likely be open as well. Greensboro is about 30 minutes from Burlington, so hope that helps you find somewhere to eat.
What is the nearest hotel/motel to the Conservators Center?
The nearest 2 towns are Mebane and Burlington. They are right on I-85, and there are a string of the usual national motels. I do not know which is the closest, but none are very far away.
Conservators Center (Burlington) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go
Frequently Asked Questions about Conservators Center
- Conservators Center is open:
- Mon - Mon 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
- Fri - Fri 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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