Internal Operations Supervisor Taylor Hattori with Naja Caracal.

Our Animals and My Animals

All those who work, volunteer, intern, or visit the Conservators Center often have what they consider their animals. To some people, these are the ones that are always willing to come over and say hello, the ones who politely accept treats and toys, and the ones who are always content to spend some quiet time…

Glenn Murphy and Charlie Wallaby

Who Is That British Guy?

I am the ghost of Caswell County. The mysterious phantom of Mebane. The mythical, European tour guide known only to those who visit or work at the Conservators Center on Fridays. Some say I write those funny science books that sometimes appear in the gift shop. Others say they’ve seen me leading tours, or visiting…


Kiara Lion’s surgery was a learning opportunity for veterinary students

This spring, our staff noticed that one of our sweet, elderly, attention-seeking lionesses—Kiara—began behaving in uncharacteristically aggressive and worrisome ways. It became clear that something had changed Kiara’s habits and temperament. We determined that changed hormonal cycling patterns we had been monitoring were likely part of Kiara’s drastically changed personality. Our lead veterinarian, Dr. Doug…


Reflections from Darwin Day: Or, what can a caracal teach about hope?

“Never, no never, did nature say one thing and wisdom say another.” —Edmund Burke, Letters on a Regicide Peace This past Valentine’s Day, a group of staff and staff-level volunteers from the Conservators Center traveled with Naja Caracal to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for Darwin Day, an event to which we’ve been…


The luck of the wild

In honor of the luckiest month of the year, members of our community have expressed why they feel lucky to have the Conservators Center, and the amazing animals who reside there, in their lives.

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…