Pumpkin Prowl

12 November 2016, 12pm


Celebrate autumn in the wildest way imaginable… Our annual Pumpkin Prowl event!

Pumpkins are a hot commodity in the autumn. From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone wants to get their paws on them. No one knows how to celebrate pumpkin season better than the residents of the Conservators Center!

Grab a coat and a friend, and join us on Saturday, the 11th of November for our annual Pumpkin Prowl, the most unique and thrilling way to celebrate autumn in North Carolina!

As a Center tradition, our staff decorates our residents’ habitats with stuffed, scented, or painted pumpkins to celebrate the season. Our animals love finding these new fascinating items in their space, and we enjoy watching as they investigate their gifts.

Join us in selecting, decorating, and carving the pumpkins; then watch as our keepers decorate our animals’ enclosures and introduce our animals to an autumn wonderland.

Have you ever wondered how we target-train Arthur Tiger, or why it’s important to be able to check a wolf’s paws and ears, or what caracals like to eat for snacks? At Pumpkin Prowl, you’ll also have the option of learning interesting tidbits about how we care for our animal residents straight from the trained handlers and keepers of the Conservators Center!


Our favorite food truck, locally owned and operated Porchetta, will return with their delicious spread of Italian style seasoned pork sandwiches, sausages, burgers, and vegetarian options.

One of our Partners of the Pride, Iron Gate Winery, also returns with wine for purchase by the glass or bottle, including some of the Center's very own custom labels.

Event Schedule

  • 12pm : Pumpkin Carving
  • 1pm : Animal Park Opens
  • 1:30pm : Event Begins
  • 3pm : Farewell Roar, Park Closes
  • 3:30pm : Event Ends

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Event Date: 12 November 2016
Rain Date: 19 November 2016

  • Ages
  • Tour Length
  • Group Size
  • Details


$26per person

Event Date: 11 November 2017
Rain Date: 18 November 2017

  • Ages 13 and Up
  • 1 to 1.5 hours
  • 10 to 15
  • Military, Students, &
    First Responders are eligible for
    discount with Valid ID

Under 12

$20per child

Event Date: 11 November 2017
Rain Date: 18 November 2017

  • Ages 12 and Under
  • 1 to 1.5 hours
  • 10 to 15


$50per person

Event Date: 11 November 2017
Rain Date: 18 November 2017

  • Ages 18+ Only
  • 3 hours
  • 1 per Person
  • Not Eligible For Discounted Pricing

Accessibility, Safety, and Pets

The Conservators Center's park is not wheelchair accessible; however, accessibility accommodations are available for visitors with mobility issues. Please note that we do not allow unauthorized vehicles, including scooters or motorized wheelchairs, in the park. You can find more information about disability accommodations and handicapped access in the Tour FAQ on our Plan Your Visit page. Please note that strollers are also not permitted in the park.

If you are planning to visit the Center, please take a moment to review our park information and tour waiver. If you'd like, you can also print the waiver and photography release forms to fill out and complete prior to arrival. Waivers and release forms will also be available in the gift shop for visitors to complete during the check-in process.

For safety reasons, the Conservators Center does not allow visitors to bring pets on site. Any visitor who brings an animal to the Center will be asked to leave immediately. We do not allow visitors to leave animals unattended in a vehicle at any time of year.