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Conservators Center, Burlington

Must see · Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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 haven for almost 90 wild animals with a focus on education, conservation, and rescue.

An "oofing" at the Conservators Center is an experience you'll have to feel to believe. It's the earth-shaking sound our 20 lions 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 just 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.

Come for a visit today, and awaken your wild side!

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  • 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....  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • We are long time fans and visitors of the Conservator Center. We have always loved the fact that they take so much pride in the care of their animals. When you visit, you get your own tour guide who will tell you the great stories about how these animals were rescued while providing a wealth of information about the animal characteristics as well. They interact with them as well which is something I have never been able to experience at a zoo. These experiences are far superior for the visitors and we will continue to return as often as we can. I urge everyone to visit these amazing animals. If you love them enough, adopt one!!!
  • Took our family (boys 4 and 1) on a Sunday in early January for the Family Friendly tour. The keepers were explaining to me how they put a lot of effort into enrichment and socializing the animals and it shows - they weren’t just sleeping around while we stared at them. Most of the singing dogs, wolves, servals, lemurs and lions were engaging with the group and being friendly. 😃 The a highlight of our tour was the guides “talking” to the pride of lions - check out this video! Super unique experience. 🐆🐅🐕🐺
  • Every one in NC and the country needs to visit this sanctuary of endangered animals. I have lived in Burlington for 20 years and never knew this beautiful place was 25 away from my house. It's a small place where they keep and care for rescued big cats and wolves. It is very Educational. Shri was our guide and he is very knowledgeable about the center and the animals. To me IT WAS IMPRESSIVE to see a few Lioness, Lions, Wolves and a Tiger (and other animals) just feet away from me. Their size is IMPRESSIVE. it is so different than watching on TV. Please visit and support this location in Burlington, NC. This is definitely something to do once in a lifetime, if you are not able to visit Africa or India. Like me!
  • Great alternative to the zoo or the lemur park (which is busy and overpriced with a long waiting list). This place boasts a number of rescue animals (lions, small wild cats, lemurs, tigers, wolves) and the tour is totally worth the price. Ask for the lions to 'oof' -it's their way of communicating with each other and being a few feet away and hearing them 'talk' to each other is amazing. It's also very educational. The indoor exhibit has lizards, snakes, and a very large rabbit. Their gift shop is reasonably priced and goes to a good cause. Highly recommend. Can be a bit muddy so wear comfy shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Very cool place! We attended the Tree Toss event. Starts at 11, but if you aren't interested in making a craft, come closer to 1, when the park actually opens. We'll have to come back on a tour so we can learn more about each animal. We loved seeing the animals get excited about their enrichment. One more thing I forgot to add, I'd love to see the food trucks using compostable containers. I believe I saw Styrofoam at the food truck, but we didn't order from them.

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