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What is the best time to tour the Conservators’ Center?

On every visit to the Conservators’ Center, you will get to see a number of gorgeous, happy animals up close and personal. Most of our critters are used to people and love coming right up to the fence to greet new friends.

Though our tour guides make every effort to encourage our residents to meet you, the activity level of our animals can vary depending on the time of day, the season, and the weather on a given day. For example, it is highly unlikely you will see our nocturnal species (genets and kinkajous) during a daytime tour.

You may not see all of our residents on any given visit; this is why every trip to the Conservators’ Center is a unique adventure!

Depending on your personal interests, timing can be very important in selecting a tour. Consider what you’re most interested in seeing (or hearing), and check out the following information.

Please keep in mind that the following suggestions are generalities based on our animals’ preferences and habits.

Time of day


  • Our residents are awake and active, awaiting their breakfast
  • Lions often oof in response to our tour guides, and it is not unusual for our New Guinea singing dogs to sing along
  • Keepers and volunteers are out and about, feeding the animals and cleaning their enclosures
  • It is unlikely you will see our nocturnal species


  • This is a good time of day to catch our animals in calm, peaceful poses; many of them have full bellies from breakfast and are taking advantage of the quiet to grab a quick nap in the shade
  • It is unlikely you will see our nocturnal species


  • Our residents are active and vocal
  • This is the best time of day to hear the entire Conservators’ Center Chorus: lions, wolves, and New Guinea singing dogs all joining together in a marvelous harmony
  • You may even hear jungle cats calling to one another as the sun sets
  • Our nocturnal species (kinkajous, genets, and Geoffroy’s cats) are usually out and about

Time of Year and Weather

Hot Weather: Though the heat can lower activity levels and make our animals more lethargic, many of them will still be visible, napping in the shade or trying to catch a nice breeze.

Cold Weather: Big cats, wolves, foxes, lynx, and bobcats enjoy (or tolerate) winter weather. The brisk temperatures make lots of our animals more active and playful. However, some of our small cats and New Guinea singing dogs tend to seek shelter in their heated denboxes in extreme cold.

Rain: Our larger residents—especially the big cats and wolves—are still visible when it rains. Smaller animals are more likely to head to their dens to escape the drizzle. (Please note that tours will be cancelled in the event of a thunderstorm.)

Some of our residents—including our lemurs, kinkajous, and some binturongs—have indoor quarters. A few have large picture windows that offer visitors opportunities to see them even when they’re not outdoors.

Many of our visitors return again and again to sample a variety of tours at different times of the year. If this is of interest to you, we suggest you consider becoming a Member of the Pride. Membership allows you to become a sustaining donor of the Center and grants you unlimited visits to the Conservators’ Center. Click here to learn more!