Plan your visit! Take a tour of our zoological park

Plan Your Visit

We offer a variety of tours throughout the year, including special events and seasonal offerings. When you visit the Center, you’ll explore the park with one of our experienced and knowledgeable tour guides who love to share fun facts and silly stories about all the animals who call the Center home. All tours are by reservation only, so be sure to sign up before you arrive to plan your visit!

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.

Get Directions Finding directions to the Center is easy, just type “Conservators Center, Burlington, NC” into Google Maps or any up-to-date GPS navigation device or use our Directions page. You can also use our street address to find directions, 676 East Hughes Mill Road Burlington, NC 27217.

Come Prepared Make sure you’ve booked your reservation before you arrive. And save time at checkin by filling out our Tour Waiver and Photo Release form ahead of time!

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Frequently Asked Tour Questions

Visiting the Conservators Center is easy, and scheduling is done entirely online. You will be scheduling your tour through our reservation partner. If you’re unsure what tour type is right for you, visit our tour page and browse the descriptions. We have lots of options! We can’t wait to meet you!

YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR TOUR BEFORE YOU ARRIVE. Please do not arrive without making a reservation, or it is likely you will be unable to visit our residents. Additionally, we are only open to the public on Saturday and Sundays (and some extended holiday weekends).

We at Conservators Center welcome all guests, and while our guest relations building is ADA compliant, unfortunately our tour paths are not wheelchair-friendly. The following is provided to assist you in planning your tour and visit.

  • The guest relations area including patio, gift shop, and restrooms are ADA accessible.
  • A cement parking area is provided for the first two guest vehicles with handicap plates or placards.
  • Our outdoor tour paths are gravel and dirt, and are not safe for wheelchair use. Instead, we offer use of golf carts as an accommodation for mobility impaired guests.
  • Guests with mobility impairments may reserve in advance a complimentary seat on our standard electric golf carts.
  • We ask that reservations be made at least 5 days in advance so we may ensure both cart and driver are available.
  • Please note the weight limit of our carts is 350 pounds for all guests and driver.
  • Guests joining the tour via our golf cart will have the option of using the rear-facing bariatric-sized bench seat, or single-person forward-facing seat.
  • Guests are asked to specify seating requirements when making the golf cart reservation – again at least 5 days before your scheduled tour.
  • Golf cart seating reservations may be made by contacting our gift shop staff at 336-421-0883.
  • We are not able to guarantee golf cart availability unless reserved in advance.
  • Guests may not operate Conservators Center golf carts.
  • Only Conservators Center golf carts are permitted to operate on the premises. (No other personal motorized vehicles are permitted.)
  • Service animals are not permitted on tours, but may wait with an adult at the picnic shelter during your tour.
  • Companion and emotional support animals are not permitted on tour, nor on the property.
  • Please note that under North Carolina statutes we do not permit any animal to be left in a vehicle on Conservators Center, Inc. property while the guest is on a tour.

Our tour path is about 3/4 of a mile and surfaced with crushed rock and gravel. We also do not allow strollers in the park as they would be unsafe.

The Conservators Center is an outdoor facility that was built, first and foremost, with the care and well-being of our animal residents in mind. We have an unpaved, gravel tour path that is about 3/4 of a mile, and you may be walking in muddy areas. Open-toed shoes or heels are not recommended. Please check the weather before your visit, and dress appropriately for the temperature.

Yes. We encourage you to bring your camera! If you want to get shots at a close range without fencing, consider scheduling a Photo Safari with an experienced escort who will take you to places you cannot go on other types of tours.

Guests are not permitted to touch or handle our animals at any point on their tour. We are serious about safety; any visitor who touches or makes an attempt to touch any of our animals will be asked to leave without a refund.

The Conservators Center was created, first and foremost, to meet the needs of the residents. You will see wild animals up close (as little as 5 feet). That means we always require guides or docents to ensure the safety of our residents and our guests. Also, our tours are fun! You will learn a lot from your guide, who has been specially trained to lead this tour so they can tell you great stories and answer all kinds of questions.

We periodically offer what we call “walkabout events” that allow you to wander our facility and talk to docents stationed throughout the park to ensure safety and answer questions. The best way to learn about these events is to subscribe to our e-newsletter or “like” us on Facebook .
We offer a variety of ways to learn about and enjoy the unique personalities of our residents. Most who visit want to return for other experiences.

Our tours are rain or shine; we do not generally cancel for light rain. However, in the event of dangerous weather, we will do our best to determine whether tours will be cancelled 24 hours prior to the start time. If tours are cancelled, you will receive an email and a phone call/voicemail via the contact information you provide during reservation. In the event of cancellation, you may transfer your reservation to an alternate day. Tickets are non-refundable.

We appreciate your understanding that you will need to keep an eye on the forecast and dress for unpredictable weather when you reserve space on any of our tours.

We do NOT refund ticket purchases. We would be happy to transfer your reservation to another date and time.

Restrooms are available at our Visitors’ Center. We do not have any scheduled bathroom stops along the tour, but if you need to step out in the middle of your tour, we can accommodate you.

The Conservators Center is a nonprofit organization. In order to provide high-quality care for our residents, we depend on every dollar we earn through our award-winning tours and programs. We appreciate your understanding that we are therefore unable to provide free tour tickets.

Public Tours

Our wildly up close tours are available on weekends and on select holidays year-round. Reservations Required

On a tour of our park, you’ll walk the three-quarter-mile path with a highly-trained guide and gain an understanding of each species’ ecological importance. You’ll also get to know each animal’s individual personality and story. We’re about reconnecting you to wildlife—so every tour is a conversation.

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Adventure Tours

In the same time it takes to see a movie, you can discover Caswell County’s best-kept secret. Great for first-time visitors, over 5,000 guests chose an Adventure Tour in 2017—and met 400-pound lions from 5 feet away. Go on an expedition...connect intimately with nature...and support a top-rated nonprofit.
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Whiskers & Tails

Give us just 1 hour and we’ll change your child’s perspective! On a Whiskers & Tails Tour—suitable for those with children under 7—your little ones can ask all the questions they want about our tigers, bobcats, and more. It’s not just about learning facts: it’s about learning to love this planet and the animals that live here.
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Twilight Tours

Enchanting. Engaging. Unique. On a Twilight Tour, you’ll explore our park with our guides as the sun goes down—and come away inspired. Our species often become talkative at dusk, and they’ll be eager to meet you as they gear up for evening play. When you stare back into the eyes of a big cat in the rapidly-dimming light, you’ll know there’s nothing quite like it.
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Treat Safari

Have you ever wondered how lions play? Or what a serval's favorite snack is? Taking good care of animals means making sure they're mentally stimulated and having fun! If you’re itching to visit us again, a Treat Safari is a different experience from our other tours: explore our methods of keeping our residents well-adjusted and healthy as our guides give them meat, stinky toys, and other fun items.
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Our Education Room is the perfect way to spend your time while you’re waiting for your tour, or to cool down afterwards! In this room, you’ll meet our small collection of indoor animals while a trained docent tells you all about their species. Have you ever wondered what a wolf’s fur feels like? At our biofacts station, you’ll be able to see and touch teeth, claws, bones, and fur from many exotic and native species and learn about their anatomy and natural history. This experience is suitable for all ages and is a great way to supplement what you learned in the animal park. There is no admission charge to this room, but we’re always developing new educational tools (and caring for the indoor animals), so if you’d like to contribute to this growth, we would welcome your donation to our general operating fund here.

Private Tours, Group Tours, & Events

Private Tours

Looking for a more intimate experience? Come on a private tour, host a birthday or anniversary party, or come on a Photo Safari.
Muraco Bobcat at Tree Toss 2018!

Group Tours

Come on a Wild Field Trip with your students; bring your social group, club, or scouts on a group tour. You can even camp overnight!


Don't miss our signature events! Ever see a big cat find whipped cream inside a christmas tree? How about a caracal with his head inside a hollowed out pumpkin?

Need to Know Before You Go

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 this and more in our 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 and complete our tour waiver. Waivers 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.