Exotic encounters in the Triangle and beyond

Kids Town

  • 21 May, 2018
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary way to spend time with your kids, we’ve got some wild suggestions. How about taking a day trip to learn about exotic animals? Below are four great ideas for building memories while gaining insight into the protection of some amazing creatures.

North Carolina Zoo 

Your kids can get an exotic animal immersion with a day trip to the North Carolina Zoo. Situated on 2,200 acres in the Uwharrie Mountains, this attraction is a safe haven for animals that also let’s your kids learn more about them. Here, a two-hour stroll through the African exhibit will have visitors feeling like they’ve just gone on a safari without ever leaving home. Plus, stopping by the aviary will send imaginations into flight as dozens of exotic birds nest among 3,000 breathtaking tropical plants. If learning about wildlife a little closer to home is what your kids crave, they’ll love the North America exhibit. It’s a tour that takes at least two hours and showcases wildlife found everywhere from the North American Coast to its deserts and points in between.

Carolina Tiger Rescue 

Located in Pittsboro, Carolina Tiger Rescue is a facility dedicated to the protection of tigers and other big cats. It offers fun, educational opportunities with Tiger Tales Tours. These monthly tours offer you and your child the chance to join a trained team member for an engaging story time and craft-making project, followed by a tour of the sanctuary to see the iconic animals up close. It’s a great way to create memories you’ll both cherish for years to come.

Conservators Center 

Aptly named, the Conservators Center is home to more than 80 animals and over 21 species. The Center, seated in Burlington, NC, participates in cooperative educational efforts designed to reconnect people with wildlife. The Center hosts wildly up-close tours on weekends and on select holidays year-round, which are available only through reservations.

These tours consist of walking a three-quarter-mile path with a specially-trained guide to obtain an understanding of each species’ ecological importance. Along the way, you also learn each animal’s personality and story. It’s an invaluable and unforgettable experience for both you and your kids.

Duke Lemur Center 

The Duke Lemur Center houses the biggest and most distinct assortment of lemurs on the planet, outside of their native Madagascar. This facility furthers the biological conservation of the world’s most threatened mammal through scientific research, community-based conservation, and reaching out to the public.

The Center’s tours serve various age groups, budgets, and levels of interest. All are available with a reservation. They include:

  • Lemurs Live public and private tours
  • Little Lemurs for ages 3-8
  • Enrichment: More than Just a Toy
  • Walking with Lemurs
  • Painting with Lemurs
  • Lemur Keeper for a Day
  • A Photographer’s Dream

What could be a better way to build unique family memories than to share an enriching experience at the Duke Lemur Center?


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