Animal related

Conservators' Center, Inc.

  • Mebane, NC
  • http://www.conservatorscenter.org

Mission Statement

Conservators' Center provides educational tours and programs to people of all ages. Our philosophy is that all species are of intrinsic value as well as of merit to the scientific community. We assist with rescues and placements of wild carnivores in need, and house them at the Center as our funding allows. The Center also works within a planned breeding program to help maintain a high quality gene pool of target endangered or threatened species, breeding only a small number of small carnivores each year.

Main Programs

  1. Wildlife rescue and long term care
  2. Conservation Education
Service Areas

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International

The majority of our focus is in educating people in our region, the SE United States, though we host interns and visitors from all across the country and abroad. We have assisted with animal rescues from all over the US. We have placed animals on educational or breeding loan to select facilities across the US and overseas, including in Germany and Baghdad.

ruling year

1999

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Self-reported

Ms. Mindy Stinner

Co Principal Officer

Self-reported

Douglas C. Evans

Keywords

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conservation, endangered, wildlife, internship, education, tour, tiger, lion, rescue, sanctuary, zoo, wolf, binturong, caracal, serval, genet, bobcat, wildcat, leopard, kinkajou, big cat, animal behavior, wild species registry

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Also Known As

Conservators Center

EIN

56-2149941

 Number

1017202461

Physical Address

676 E. Hughes Mill Rd.

Burlington, NC 27217

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Conservators' Center is home to almost 100 animals, including 19 species. The Center provides an individualized guided educational experience for more than 5000 people annually. In addition, the Center hosts about 50 interns from all over the US and worldwide each year, and works closely with several area universities to provide service learning opportunities and partnerships.

Programs

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Program 1

Wildlife rescue and long term care

The Center's staff are experts in safe handling of wild carnivores. They occasionally assist with managing a rescue situation, transporting and housing confiscated animals, and when possible, providing them with a home forever. Our staff networks to find placements for animals we cannot house. We assist with about 200 rescues and placements annually. We are currently home to about 85 animals, including lions, tigers, wolves and many smaller animals. Our annual operations expenses are about 150,000, and funds brought in beyond that are usually applied to new construction or enrichment projects.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 2

Conservation Education

College level interns are invited to learn at the Center on a competitive basis year-round. These students are given first-hand experience in wild animal care and husbandry, enrichment building, nutrition, health care, and helping educate the public. Most of the expenses associated with this program are staff time based.

Category

Animal-Related

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$10,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The majority of our focus is in educating people in our region, the SE United States, though we host interns and visitors from all across the country and abroad. We have assisted with animal rescues from all over the US. We have placed animals on educational or breeding loan to select facilities across the US and overseas, including in Germany and Baghdad.

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Our rescue work, our conservation education programs, and our international staff hosting are all limited only by funding. We need additional animal habitats if we are to accept new animals on site, and we need additional keeper hours to care for them. We also need to hire a development director to ensure our long term security. We have under development a plan to develop a previously undeveloped area of our property with educational exhibits that are unique and appropriately interactive. This would allow us to take off exhibit some areas that were designed as sanctuary housing rather than for exhibit. Animals that are newly arrived, or which prefer to be away from the public will remain in the private area of the facility while animals who enjoy interacting and getting attention will move to the new educational area.

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CONSERVATORS CENTER INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Conservators' Center, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director and Co-Founder

Ms. Mindy Stinner

Co Principal Officer

Douglas C. Evans

BIO

Mindy Stinner, Executive Director, has close to 20 years' experience with more than 20 species of carnivore. She has served in several facilities in multiple capacities, from accounting and fundraising positions to lead zookeeper. Mindy has a BA in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, and many additional courses in continuing education programs and workshops, including large animal rescue and weapons safety. She is the Vice President of the Feline Conservation Federation, is an instructor for their Wild Feline Husbandry Course, and serves on their Conservation Committee. She is a trained member of the NC State Animal Response Team, and a licensed NC Rehabber and possessor of non-releasable wildlife. She has served on a legislative study group assigned to assess current laws on inherently dangerous animals. She is a founding member of NC Exotic Animal Keepers Association and NC Association of Zoos and Sanctuaries, and is a member of the Zoological Association of America. Mindy lives on site at the Center's facility.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director and Co-Founder

"We are a Center built by people who are passionate about caring well for these animals, and we strive to provide a comfortable forever home for every one of them. We also believe that if people do not understand the importance of these animals, they will not last long upon the Earth. We let the animals who live here speak for themselves, as ambassadors to the public, and we share their stories with visitors to help instill respect for wildlife everywhere. We are fortunate to be able to witness the connection of a wild creature and a child the first time they lock eyes, and we know we are changing the future."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Douglas Evans

no affiliation

Term: Jan 2013 - Jan 2015

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