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Conservators Center

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Address: 676 E Hughes Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27217-9341
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+1 888-650-1139
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Fri 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Have you ever looked a tiger in the eye? Felt the whole-body impact of...

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. We receive no state or federal funding to transport or house our animals. 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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Unique and Fascinating

Went with our oldest son and family. Wide range of big cats as well as an assortment of unfamiliar and interesting animals. Our guide was interesting and entertaining and told... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
John S
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Burlington, North Carolina
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Burlington, North Carolina
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went with our oldest son and family. Wide range of big cats as well as an assortment of unfamiliar and interesting animals. Our guide was interesting and entertaining and told us many details about each type of animal as well as anecdotal stories about individuals. We spent several hours there and the time passed very quickly. This is a relatively... More 

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Thank John S
Greensboro, North Carolina
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7 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though it was very hot, not one child age 2 -6 nor adults complained. The guide,a teacher was very knowledgable not only re animals but managing young children as well. This was an outstanding experience for all.

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Thank gildafriedman
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4 reviews
Reviewed April 13, 2017

Interesting and educational. I attended a special event there where animals are given special treats and toys. Food trucks were also on site. Do not go if your are expecting it to be a zoo with paved sidewalks, picnic tables, etc. It is a working conservation center that relies on donations to continue their work. I enjoyed it.

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Thank Cynthia M
Greensboro, North Carolina
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8 reviews
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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

The animals here are up close and you ger a feel for how big they really are and the lions roaring was just awesome. Very good tour with lots of information. Giving a 4 because staff has been rude both times we have went and made it difficult to schedule our visit.

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Thank flipster23
Burlington, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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Reviewed April 11, 2017 via mobile

We took the adult evening tour. It was awesome!!! Hearing the lions roar and wolves howl all at the same time at dusk was amazing. The staff was extremely knowledgeable. Most, if not all animals here, are injured, rescued or surrendered pets/zoo animals...they are very well cared for.

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Thank waverider67
Burlington, North Carolina
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Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit if you are in the area. A ways outside of Burlington but worth the drive. Educational tour given by volunteer guides. Gets you closer to the animals than you usually would at a zoo. Need to reserve tickets in advance and sign waivers to visit. Typically only open on weekends.

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Thank Maryann O
Chapel Hill, NC
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4 reviews
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Reviewed April 9, 2017

My wife and I took some friends and their children ages 8-15 to visit this amazing facility and everyone had a magical experience. The wolves howled, the lions roared, the leopards looked at you as though they would have enjoyed having us for lunch (no fear - all is well contained - and it is a wonderful learning experience. There... More 

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Graham, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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Reviewed March 26, 2017

I took my family, son, d-i-l and granddaughter, to the conservators center on 3/18/17 we did the adult tour. Kim our guide was extremely informative about the animals and what brought them to the center. There were two youngsters in our group, apx 9-10 years old, and when my granddaughter asked "how do you tell if its a boy or... More 

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Cary, nc
2 reviews
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Reviewed March 6, 2017

Took Friends and we all loved it. Volunteer guide was lovely and informative. You have to hear the vols and staff get the lions to roar. Nothing like it.

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Eden, North Carolina
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Reviewed February 21, 2017

This was a wonderful experience for me and my daughter. We highly recommend this to anyone who love animals and wants to get close to these beautiful creatures. It's not about captive animals, it's about conservation, education and rescue. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the experience that much more entertaining. We plan to return for a different tour... More 

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