With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle & Triad area, the Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers superb viewing conditions for astronomical events and phenomena. On August 12, 2019, join us in the green space and event field by our Visitors Center to view the Perseid Meteor Shower! You’ll have an unobstructed view of the sky with opportunities to view up to 10–15 meteors per hour given near-full moon lighting conditions this year. You’ll also be able to view Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, as well as the Moon, with your binoculars or telescope.
What makes this viewing party unique, however, is the company you’ll keep. Our park of over 80 animals features a large population of vocal, social carnivores including lions and wolves, as well as other vocal species like jungle cats, coyote, and New Guinea singing dogs, who will all keep you enthralled with their chorus of howls, roars, and calls. It’s an experience unlike any other!
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.