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Conservators Center

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676 E Hughes Mill Rd - BY RESERVATION ONLY, By Reservation Only, Burlington, NC 27217-9341
+1 888-650-1139
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Awesome experience

The animals here are up close and you ger a feel for how big they really are and the lions roaring... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2017
flipster23
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Great facility...close up encounters with big cats.

We took the adult evening tour. It was awesome!!! Hearing the lions roar and wolves howl all at the... read more

Reviewed April 11, 2017
waverider67
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Burlington, North Carolina
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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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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...More

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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...More

Thank waverider67
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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...More

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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...More

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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...More

2  Thank loucna2
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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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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...More

1  Thank NaturalGirl2017
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

It's not a zoo. It's up close and more personal. Come with ears to listen to a great guide, come ready to ask questions, come with feet ready to walk! I brought my 2 year old granddaughter with us. She was a little young but...More

1  Thank 340crissiec
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Reviewed February 19, 2017

I booked the toys and treats tour and was not disappointed. The staff and volunteers were very friendly and informative. They gave a great tour that was engaging with each animal, and told us each of their unique stories of how they arrived at the...More

1  Thank ghilton1
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Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

My dad and I love animals and went to the treats tour and saw the animals interact with new scents on their toys and also saw them enjoy food from the tour guide! The best of all was hearing the lions roar. Quite a humbling...More

2  Thank SpecialKNR
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Chinah0rse
April 2, 2017|
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Response from NCTraveler2015 | Reviewed this property |
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.
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Susan D
October 4, 2016|
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Response from Erica L | Reviewed this property |
It's about a mile long of a rocky walkway. You can pay $5 extra to have a seat in a golf cart to still do the tour.
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286larrys
March 31, 2016|
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Response from Nikkisams | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the tour, age, time of year. Check them out on their website
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