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Conservators Center Burlington

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Conservators Center
Ridgeway Court
Intersection of Huffines and E Hughes Mill Road
Burlington
NC
27217
Tel: 336.543.2230

Directions

You will be provided detailed directions when you book your ticket because GPS often takes people about 20 minutes out of the way! They are in Caswell County, NC just up from the corner of Huffines and E. Hughes Mill Road on Ridgeway Court.

Where are we going today?

What is the closest you have ever come to a wolf? Have you ever looked a lion right in the eye? Conservators Center offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences for the whole family, where kids can encounter these incredible creatures through unique experiences - often just 5 feet away!

The center rescue animals that are no longer wanted for a number of reasons. Perhaps they are too old, or have behavorial issues...(some people just don't understand how to love an animal)...so the Conservators Center takes these animals in, looks after them, loves them, and offers them a happy life. It's amazing the changes that can happen in an animal if they are just looked after properly!

You will get to see a number of creatures on your tours. Most of them love people so you might even be lucky and have one come right up to the fence to say hellO!

Your trip to the center has to be arranged prior to your arrival through a book tour. This ensures the animals happiness as they won't be stressed out by the commotion you might find in a regular zoo.

The tour guides make ever effort to encourage the animals to come and say hi, but of course the level of activity depends on the time of day, the weather and season (much like us! We all love a Sunday morning lie in!)

There is a chance you won't see every species on your visit (for example the nocturnal animals will probably be sleeping during the day) but that also means on your next visit you will likely experience something new!

Make sure you consider what you and the kids would love to see, and pick your tour accordingly. There are morning, afternoon and evening tours. Each has it's perks. Mornings see the animals awake and active, and perhaps making incredible sounds. Afternoon sees the animals calm and peaceful. Evenings they are vocal and you also get to experience the noctural animals. 

Also, the time of year determines what you will see. Don't be put off by the rain however. They have indoor quarters for some animals, and can you imagine the grand lions running in from the rain? We don't think so!

Spend some time getting to know the animals names and personalities. It's a much more personal experience that the zoo, and a great way for kids to really understand how unique animals are, and how important it is to look after them.

The Conservators Center is waiting to give you the experience of a lifetime! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $10 (12 and up)
  • ChildrenFrom $10 (0 - 11)
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tour start times vary depending on the tour booked

I'm Hungry!

You can bring water, but please don't bring food or eat during the tours. .

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you really check out the various tours! There are tours just for kids, just for adults, ones perfect for the whole family, and even seasonal ones, like for Halloween! .

Doing our bit

They really do their best to care for these abandoned animals. Ever visit helps towards the costs of caring for them, so you are doing your bit too!.

Need a little extra help?

Unfortunately wheelchairs or assistive devices aren't allowed as the tours are on crushed gravel. They do have a golf cart for one passenger to use though at a small fee. Reservations are necessary. .

Baby Facilities

Unfortunately strollers aren't allowed as the tour path is crushed gravel, and can overexcite some of the animals. .

More information

Don't arrive without a ticket! Tours sell out and you won't be allowed on site without a ticket. .

What people are saying?

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    Not what I expected, on the web site they don't show that the animals are all in cages,some to small in my opinion for the size of the animal. I mean I didn't think that they would be running free (even though I wish they were) but like I've said before,(see review for Columbia zoo) large wild animals in small confined cages/spaces just doesn't do it for me anymore, I was very disappointed. I thought there would be large open areas for them. The animals look sad and I felt sad for them. The inside of the cages look very unkept. Don't get me wrong,...Read More

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    This place is better then any zoo! Tour guide Kim was great and knew her stuff. Took the Twilight tour so we even got to see the animals that were nocturnal as well. Would recommend for all ages.

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    What a fantastic facility! You will never go to another zoo again once you have experienced these fine animals and excellent tour guides! Wait until you hear the "oofing" for yourself. The ground will shake and so will you. Absolutely fantastic. Only an hour drive from Raleigh and well worth every second of the road trip.

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    I'm a little biased as I'm related to the director but The Conservators Center is a very unique experience. You will be closer to these animals than any zoo. Close enough that you can hear them chuffle, see the details in their fur or claws, and truly experience these animals. You'll also see they are active and interactive with you because they are happy, curious, and lively.

    Every single person who works or volunteers at The Conservators' Center has a deep seated love of what they do. They also care greatly about the welfare and health of every...Read More

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    This place was absolutely amazing. I cannot say enough about the tour you get ( I went to the Adult Winter in the Wild tour). The tour guides are very knowledgeable, and do a great job interacting with you and the animals. The animals themselves are obviously well taken care of...I highly recommend this place!

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by Rich Richards

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Not what I expected, on the web site they don't show that the animals are all in cages,some to small in my opinion for the size of the animal. I mean I didn't think that they would be running free (even though I wish they were) but like I've said before,(see review for Columbia zoo) large wild animals in small confined cages/spaces just doesn't do it for me anymore, I was very disappointed. I thought there would be large open areas for them. The animals look sad and I felt sad for them. The inside of the cages look very unkept. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the work they're trying to do there, because, if these animals weren't there they would probably be dead, and I know that it costs a lot of money to run a place like this, but still, there must be a better way.

by Chad Stinner

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I'm a little biased as I'm related to the director but The Conservators Center is a very unique experience. You will be closer to these animals than any zoo. Close enough that you can hear them chuffle, see the details in their fur or claws, and truly experience these animals. You'll also see they are active and interactive with you because they are happy, curious, and lively.

Every single person who works or volunteers at The Conservators' Center has a deep seated love of what they do. They also care greatly about the welfare and health of every single animal and it shows in everything they do. From their work to how they talk about the animals. You can always tell how passionate someone is about a subject, person or animal by how energetic and knowledgeable they are.

What's unique about The Conservators' Center is that they focus not just on rescue, but on education and responsible policy making in local, state and federal government. They work with NCSU Vet School and plethora of other people who recognize what they are doing and contribute back.

Your experience here won't be limited to "oh look at the pretty animals". You'll learn about where they came from, who they are (animals have personalities too!), and much more. It's an experience you can't get anywhere else.

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