The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with today's Groupon for a ticket to a tour at Conservators' Center. Choose between the following options:
• For $13, you get one adult (ages 12 and older) ticket for an enrichment tour of rescued wildlife (a $15 value) and a 5"x7" matted photo of one of the animals from the tour (a $12 value; a $27 total value).
• For $11, you get a child's tour ticket (a $10 value) and a 5"x7" matted photo of one of the animals from the tour (a $12 value; a $22 total value).
A nonprofit wildlife sanctuary, Conservators' Center houses 19 animal species such as lions, tigers, wolves, and ring-tailed lemurs, some of which are threatened or endangered. During the 3/4-mile feeding-and-enrichment tour walk along gravel paths, guides brandish treats, toys, and scented items to entice shyer critters to emerge. Visitors may watch the antics of Maru the binturong as she devours banana treats or spot Masufa the serval rolling around in a cinnamon-scented cardboard box or stalking feral balls of yarn.
After the tour, visitors head to the gift shop to pick out a professionally shot 5"x7" matted photo of one of the animals from the tour. Guests should be prepared to walk the 3/4-mile tour route on potentially muddy roads, so it's better to wear sturdy shoes rather than open-toe sandals or bulky monster-truck-shaped slippers.
Conservators' Center members, college students, and military personnel receive discounts on tour admission, but with the included gift, this Groupon still offers the best deal for everyone.
The seasoned tour guides at the Conservators Center, a nonprofit censervancy in Burlington, North Carolina, have had their fair share of animal adventures. It is these that help them provide guests with once-in-a-lifetime experiences with 20 different species of exotic wildlife, including more than 20 lions, tigers, and leopards.
Guided Tours allow guests to reconnect with wildlife by showing them up close and personal, and bring customers unique experiences, such as eye-to-eye experiences with tigers, and an "oofing", the Center's description for the earth-shaking lion's roar when they call to one another. On every tour, guides will "oof" to the lions, who often respond. Visitors will also get to observe wolves romping through the woods, and the discovery of lesser-known species such as servals and binturongs.