Southwest Wildlife Scottsdale
Where are we going today?
If you are an animal loving family, then Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is the place you should be heading for your family day out.
They are a wonderful center that rescues and rehabilitates injured, displaced and orphaned wildlife with a view to releasing them back into their natural wild habitat once they are ready.
For those animals that are unable to be released back into the wild (meaning they wouldn't survive if they were released) they are cared for by the sanctuary for life. Which also means they are ensured they will remain happy for the rest of their lives!
They are the only sanctuary in Arizona which is able to care for large mammals such as mountain lions and black bears, so you can get up close to some creatures you may rarely see!
They tend to babies who may have lost their parents, hand feeding them with bottles and specialized formulas. They look after injured wildlife who may have been hit by cars or had their homes moved due to development, and tend to them until they are fully recovered.
The sanctuary always have the animals welfare in mind, so they don't open to the public unless a tour has been booked. They want to ensure the animals don't get spooked or overwhelmed with lots of people. This way they can control the numbers, but also they can assist with making your time there exactly as you want it. They can work with you on what you want to see, making sure you don't miss out on anything!
For kids aged 9 - 12 they hold Wildlife Discovery Camps where those with a passion for nature and science can spend time learning and investigating the lives, habitats and conservation of the animals.
They also offer school trips, classes every Monday for home schoolers, educational programs.
A fantastic way for kids to learn about animals, conservation, and how they live together with these precious creatures in harmony.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$15 for tour, suggested donation only
- Children$10 for tour, suggested donation only
When can we go?
Tours must be pre booked.
Check their calendar for available tour times as they are not frequent.
They offer fascinating and eye opening field trips giving students the opportunity to look into the eyes of living wild animals, and learn about where they came from, the impact humans have on their lives, and how they can look after them. They also learn about the animals nature and habitats. .
Any Top Tips?
If you ever find wildlife injured or have animals such as rattlesnakes or bobcats near your home, the staff are the people to ask what you should do. They also have information on their website that you can reference to make sure the animal has the best possible result. .
Doing our bit
They are a non profit organization that has rehabilitated thousands of sick, injured, orphaned, displaced, and abandoned wild animals. Over 70 percent have been successfully released back into the wild so they are doing wonders for the animals of Southwest America. .
Can I get one of those?
If you just loved your time at the sanctuary, there are a host of animal related products you can buy to take home!.
What people are saying?
by Georgina Kazan
Beautiful place that loves animals and animal welfare. Highly recommended. Great people and simply gorgeous animals. You will learn about native wildlife. Call ahead of time for tour times/reservations. A little hard to find but more than worth the effort.