A young baby William strikes a pose on his first Christmas at the Conservators Center. Photo by Rob Seelye.

A passion unexpected: The beginning of the serval whisperer

“In the end, we will only conserve what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” —Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist The above quote takes on a special meaning for those of us who work and volunteer at the Conservators Center. The words are displayed on…

The pawprint of Sadie Lioness, who passed away in late 2013

A note from Julia Matson Wagner, Assistant Director

As We Say Goodbye to 2014… The Conservators Center is now officially fifteen years old. It’s unbelievable to imagine, but we’ve got fifteen long, wonderful years of educating the public about the rare species in our care, participating in conservation efforts worldwide, and rescuing individual animals in need under our belts. We have much to be…

Thomas Lion showing his teeth

The wonders of carnivores

Great and terrible flesh-eating beasts have always shared landscape with humans… among the earliest forms of human self-awareness was the awareness of being meat.   – David Quammen, Monster of God “Why carnivores?” The question arose as our group stood outside the lemur enclosure. As a tour guide, I had just finished discussing the acquisition of our…

Shelby Tiger close up

Farewell, my sassy tiger

Where do I even start? What words are there that I could possibly use that would encompass everything that Shelby was? Everyone who comes out to the Conservators’ Center and works with these animals loves all of them. No one wants to pick favorites but, undoubtedly, there is that one animal that calls to you.…

Sunda Pangolin rescued by CPCP

Vietnam’s Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program

In 2000, our then-fledgling organization was just beginning to reach out to conservation programs in other parts of the world. One of these was the well-planned but underfunded Owston’s Palm Civet Breeding and Conservation Programme in Vietnam. Most people have never heard of the Owston’s palm civet; it’s a rare and beautiful small carnivore, larger…

Calvin Lion showing off his claws

The Photo Safari Experience

By Heather Davidson Who knew a tour to the Conservators’ Center could change your life? In November 2012, that’s exactly what happened to me. My husband and I visited the Center for the first time and became hooked; by my count, we have visited the Center ten times since then, and my favorite visits, by…