Pumpkin Prowl - Conservators Center

Pumpkin Prowl


Celebrate autumn in the wildest way imaginable: our annual Pumpkin Prowl event!

Pumpkins are a hot commodity in the autumn. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone wants to get their paws on them. No one knows how to celebrate pumpkin season better than the residents of the Conservators Center!

Grab a coat and a friend, and join us for our annual Pumpkin Prowl, the most unique way to celebrate autumn in North Carolina!

Join us in selecting, decorating, and carving the pumpkins, while enjoying food and drinks from local vendors.  Then our keepers decorate our animals’ enclosures with stuffed, scented, or painted pumpkins to celebrate the season. Our animals love finding these new fascinating items in their habitats, and we enjoy watching as they investigate their gifts.

Have you ever wondered how we train Arthur Tiger to touch a target, or why it’s important to be able to check a wolf’s paws and ears, or what caracals like to eat for snacks? At Pumpkin Prowl, while you watch the animals explore their treats at your own pace, you can also learn interesting facts about how we care for our animal residents from our keepers and trained handlers at the Conservators Center!

Have Questions Please check our Tour FAQ! You can also send us an email from our Contact Us page, or give us a call at 888.650.1139.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable.
If there is inclement weather, you will be notified and the event will move to the rain date, November 18th, 2017.


Our favorite food truck, locally owned and operated Porchetta, will return with their delicious spread of Italian style seasoned pork sandwiches, sausages, burgers, and vegetarian options.

Iron Gate Wineryalso returns with wine for purchase by the glass or bottle, including some of the Center's very own custom labels.

Enjoy local brews from Mystery Brewing of Hillsborough, NC, also returning as a crowd favorite.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30am: Check-In Opens, Pumpkin Carving, and Vendors open
  • 1pm: Animal Park Opens
  • 3:30pm: Farewell Roar, Park Closes
  • 4:00pm: Event Ends and Vendors close

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Accessibility, Safety, and Pets

The Conservators Center's park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.

If you are planning to visit the Center, please take a moment to review our park information and tour waiver. If you'd like, you can also print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to arrival. Waivers and release forms will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.

For safety reasons, the Conservators Center does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Center will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.