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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

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27026 N 156th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85262-9524
+1 480-471-3621
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Definitely worth a visit

We have gone twice with grandchildren and it is great. Very interesting and educational. Indeed, it... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
sscottjoplin
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scottsdale, arizona
First Rate Facility & An Incredible Experience

What these people do is heart warming. The animals are well cared for and beautiful to view... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
John88Star
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation facility specializing in wild mammals. Over 70% of the animals that come into our center are returned to the wild. For those that cannot be released, we offer a home for life in our sanctuary. We conduct guided tours of our sanctuary by appointment only. Reservations are required and can be made on our website under the Visit Us tab.
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  • Very good12%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“dirt road” (12 reviews)
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27026 N 156th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85262-9524
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+1 480-471-3621
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have gone twice with grandchildren and it is great. Very interesting and educational. Indeed, it is just as fascinating for adults as for children. We saw bears, wolves, foxes, lions, etc. But, you should be prepared for 2 hours of walking without many places...More

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Don C, Owner at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for leaving us a review and for visiting us with your grandchildren! We will see what we can do about getting more benches along the tour route!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What these people do is heart warming. The animals are well cared for and beautiful to view. Realizing they’re wild, but one still wants to pet and cuddle with them. Make sure to book a reservation for a walking tour that lasts about two hours....More

Thank John88Star
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Don C, Owner at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the positive review! We hope to see you back on a tour in the future!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My mother and I brought my cousin who was visiting from NY here. My mother had been to the SW Wildlife Conservation Center many times and it was my second visit. We all enjoyed our visit very much and love how well taken care of...More

1  Thank Tamara M
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Don C, Manager at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your return visit! Thank you for bringing your family to visit and leaving us a positive review!

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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

This place is fun for adults and kids. Abundance of animals is beautiful surroundings. You get a private tour in a small group from a very knowledge staff. All of which are volunteers. You get up close to bears, Jaguars, mountain lions and more. The...More

1  Thank Kathleen M
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Don C, Manager at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2018

Thank you for leaving us a positive review! Definitely come back to see us soon!

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

We took our two grandchildren (8 & 12) here. The program or tour started on time, and was really informative. It is amazing how many people have exotic animals living with them, and even sleeping in their beds. The animals here are rescues and each...More

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Don C, Manager at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2018

Thank you leaving us a positive review! We hope to see you and your grandchildren on another tour!

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

Very nice base, restrooms and volunteers to help you make trail choice. Gets crowded by 11 am. Go early, take lots of water. Moderate hike.

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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

I visited here with my parents and it’s a really special and inspiring place! The tour was interesting and the animals just beautiful! The work they do here is fantastic and this visit was one of the highlights of our vacation. Highly recommend!

1  Thank gretchen320
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Don C, Manager at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2018

Thank you for leaving us a positive review! We hope to see you the next time you are in the area!

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Reviewed April 13, 2018

We read about this place on TA and decided to give it a try, not realizing that you need reservations. So we turned up, happy & dumb, and joined a group tour in progress. The tour guide was very forgiving so we completed the tour...More

1  Thank Greg B
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Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile

I do not usually give 5 stars. I did this because of the great work they do. This is not a zoo. It is not large and fancy. Their purpose is simply to save and release wild animals if possible. Visit this non profit simply...More

1  Thank Rich P
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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

I am an animal lover so I knew I’d enjoy this place. I had no idea how much I’d love the animals, their stories and the workers and volunteers who keep the place running. Never had I been so close to some of these animals....More

Thank Danielle P
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Don C, Manager at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Thank you Danielle for such a positive review! Hope to see you back on a future tour!

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Cathie E
April 21, 2018|
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Response from gretchen320 | Reviewed this property |
Thanks Cathie! It was great meeting you too, we appreciate the work that you do and really enjoyed the tour!
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
The earlier in the day you go,the better chance there is to see more animals, due to the heat.
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