With some of the darkest skies in the greater Triangle & Triad area, the Animal Park at the Conservators Center offers superb viewing conditions for astronomical events and phenomena. On April 22nd, 2020, join us in the green space and event field by our Visitors Center to view the Lyrid Meteor Shower! You’ll have an unobstructed view of the sky with opportunities to view up to 10 – 15 meteors per hour left behind from the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, with “surges” that can peak at up to 100 meteors an hour. Thanks to a waning crescent, next-to-new phase this year, there will be practically zero interference from the Moon while you observe the night sky and the meteor shower. You’ll also have excellent viewing opportunities of many nebulæ, galaxies, and other stars and astronomical phenomena in the night sky with your binoculars or telescope. What makes this viewing party unique, however, is the company you’ll keep. Our park of over 70 animals features a large population of vocal, social carnivores including lions and wolves, as well as other vocal species like jungle cats, a coyote, and New Guinea singing dogs, who will all keep you enthralled with their chorus of howls, roars, and calls. It’s an experience unlike any other! Join us at 7:30pm for a unique twilight tour through the park before the viewing party begins at 10pm, or skip the tour to set up camp with your tent and telescope at 8:30pm! Whichever option you choose, you’ll have an excellent viewing opportunity of this event and the other celestial objects available in the night sky.