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Conservators Center

#1 of 27 things to do in Burlington Features Animals
676 E Hughes Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27217-9341
+1 888-650-1139
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Conservation at it's best

Lions and Tigers sharing an enclosure, who knew that could happen: Wolves howling, lions talking... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greensboro, North Carolina

We went to this center early in the evening (6:30) and joined our guide shortly after arrival. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greensboro, 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, Burlington, NC 27217-9341
+1 888-650-1139
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lions and Tigers sharing an enclosure, who knew that could happen: Wolves howling, lions talking (oofing) to each other, Lemurs, singing dogs all kinds of beautiful animals and until you get within 5 feet of tiger you just cant appreciate how big 600 pounds is....More

Thank Ladyhawk21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to this center early in the evening (6:30) and joined our guide shortly after arrival. I really did not know what to expect. Our guide was very knowledgable and moved from area to another with facts about the different animals. Lions, tigers and...More

Thank Rondella1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has a good variety of animals; and, the staff is very knowledgeable and show love for the animals! My senior group scheduled and did this on a Sunday afternoon!

Thank gilliard1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were really surprised at how close we could get to lions and tigers. The guide was very informative and pleasant and it was totally enjoyable. would recommend for all ages.

Thank jenni222
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited with our 13 year old daughter, who completely enjoyed it. Heather was our guide and she was very good. Overall, enterlaining and educational...a well-managed facility....animals seem well-cared for and the property very clean.

Thank J Blair D
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I took my grandchildren, 16 and 10, because I want to make sure that they know we can all do something to help the world. The people there are doing this out of the love of their hearts and it shows. What a great experience...More

2  Thank Margaret R
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Went on 05/28/17 with 3 adult family members and we loved it! Wonderful place doing fabulous work. Our guide was just excellent! Everyone in the area should go and see what good work these folks do.

1  Thank snoll2799
Reviewed 23 May 2017

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....More

1  Thank John S
Reviewed 29 April 2017

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.

1  Thank gildafriedman
Reviewed 13 April 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...More

Thank Cynthia M
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2 April 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.
Susan D
4 October 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.
31 March 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