Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center


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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Learn About Wildlife at the Largest Sanctuary for Animals Native to the Southwest in the United States — Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) is a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation center focusing on wild mammals. Situated near 156th Street and Rio Verde Drive in Scottsdale they offer a home for life in our accredited wildlife sanctuary, the biggest shelter for animals native to the southwest in the United States. Southwest Wildlife is home to greater than 300 orphaned, injured, and rehabilitating wild animals. They are the only shelter in Arizona efficient in looking after large mammals such as black bears, mountain lions, and Mexican gray wolves. As an accredited sanctuary, SWCC operates under strict and rigorous guidelines with respect to animal management and care.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) rescues and rehabilitates native wild animals that have actually lost their homes to development or are discovered harmed, orphaned, or abandoned. Over 70% of the animals that come into their facility are returned to the wild. Those animals that could not survive in the wild, they provide a residence permanently in the accredited sanctuary. They don’t buy, breed, sell or trade animals, nor are the animals for hire or used for commercial purposes.

Southwest Wildlife shares its knowledge as well as enthusiasm concerning animals through education. They hope not only to enlighten but also to inspire people to learn about and respect our wildlife and conserve its environment. Guided tours offer visitors a chance to learn about and get an up-close view of a few of the permanent residents. Along with Mountain lions, bobcats, and black bears, you might also see porcupines, Great horned owls, or perhaps catch a rare glimpse of an endangered Mexican gray wolf.

Educational and humane scientific research opportunities are used in the field of conservation medicine, including recommendations on dealing with wildlife and the importance of native wildlife to healthy ecosystems. SWCC is open to the public by appointment only for guided tours. Reservations are required and can be made on their website.

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