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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Have you ever: Looked a lion in the eye? Walked alongside a tiger? Heard wolves howl and dogs sing? Students at Averett University may soon have these experiences and more.

Averett is pleased to announce the formation of a partnership with the Conservators' Center, a wildlife preservation and education center in Mebane, N.C. Averett plans to begin placing student interns at the center and utilizing the center's educational facilities this fall.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for students interested in conservation biology," said Deborah DeMarey, Averett assistant professor of biology. "There are few places in the United States where students can study lions, tigers and other forms of wildlife up close in a conservatory setting."

The Conservators' Center is a nonprofit organization that preserves threatened species through rescuing wildlife in need, responsible captive breeding, and providing educational programs and support worldwide.

Averett's partnership with the Conservators' Center will allow students the opportunity to gain real-world wildlife keeper experience. Student interns will gain valuable insights into animal behavior and conservation management. In addition to animal care, interns participate in facility maintenance, fundraising and all other areas of managing a nonprofit wildlife facility.

"We are pleased to be able to partner with Averett University," said Julia Matson, director of fundraising and outreach. "Providing educational opportunities is central to our mission, and we look forward to having students as well as faculty and staff involved in our efforts."

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