Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

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Tours by appointment only. 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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1 contribution
Nov 2022
I visiting the Conservation on my birthday and I was so happy that I did. The 2 hour tour was fun, educational and heart warming. There were bears, wolves, fox, javelinas, coyotes, mountain lions, bob cats and so much more! The tour guide Lori was the BEST! She was well informed, funny and personable. I not only enjoyed but it felt good to contribute to the facility as all proceeds from the tour go directly to the conservation! All I can say is GO and bring your friends and family!
Written November 30, 2022
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Casey M
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Nov 2022 • Friends
This was probably my favorite part of my Arizona trip! Our tour guide Lori was amazing. I love how much personality all of the animals have and how well they’re taken care of. This experience is so special. I would absolutely come back next time I’m in town and will be following along their Instagram to see the animals. Highly highly recommend.

Please note - they have water bottles for $1 CASH donation.
Written November 30, 2022
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Karen G
Davis, United States4 contributions
Nov 2022
Anyone considering visiting the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center should book immediately -- this place is beyond GREAT!!! The mission of the Center is also great. Rehab for those animals who can be successfully released back into the wild and a sustainable life for those that can't for a variety of reasons. Personally, because I've always loved Big cats, the Mountain lions were majestic. There are too many animals to mention here, but, ALL are well worth the visit. This is NOT a zoo.
The volunteers are unbelievably knowledgeable, interactive, inviting and friendly. Their interest and devotion is clear .

I will most definitely return. I look forward to their new, much larger property whenever that happens.
Written November 29, 2022
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kathyoberlin
Grand Rapids, MI3 contributions
Nov 2022
What a treasure in our own 'backyard'! We live nearby and visited for the first time with our grown kids. It was fascinating and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. You could tell she loves her job. They are all volunteers and love what they do. We are thankful they do this - and with no government aid. All donations! Wildlife conservation at its best!
Written November 29, 2022
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MaryAnn L
San Diego91 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
I’m not a big fan of most zoos as I travel the country. Seeing more and more of these animal sanctuaries, especially where we have encroached on their territory, warms my heart. Excellent learning opportunity. Good for children and adults. Great experience here and will highly recommend others to visit and support this awesome cause.
Written November 28, 2022
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Jaimie S
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Nov 2022 • Family
The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is amazing! We brought our young children and they were so engaged and excited to see all of the different animals. The staff and volunteers are so friendly and everyone is so knowledgeable about every animal and their personal story and history before they arrived at the center. We got to see the animals up close and you can tell how well cared for they are and how much the staff love each and every one of them. This was the highlight of our week!
Written November 28, 2022
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TechBroker
Scottsdale, AZ3 contributions
Nov 2022
This is one of the best 2 hours you can spend in the valley. These folks do incredible work for wildlife conservation and are passionate about their job. The tours are outstanding with up close and personal interfaces with the animals. A very unique experience that has been a highlite of our family holiday activities.
Written November 27, 2022
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Janet L
Fort Wayne, IN17 contributions
Nov 2022
The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is an educational experience that has an impact. The guides are knowledgeable about the animals, their care and outcomes. The center is clean and accessible to wheelchairs and for all to walk through.
Written November 27, 2022
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57401
Scottsdale, AZ6 contributions
Nov 2022
This center is an absolute must-see for anyone who values the wild creatures in our desert!
The knowledge and obvious caring and passion of the guides to the beautiful animals in their charge. The plight of grey wolves in this state is egregious and SWCC's mission to re-populate them is wonderful.
We will be back!
Written November 26, 2022
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EunJ
1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Family
Fantastic opportunity to see local wildlife that are being rehabilitated and given a safe home. Robyn gave us a great tour and spent roughly 2 hours with our group of 20 or so during the Thanksgiving week, sharing the process of rescue, rehabilitate and release that they follow.

Animals were highly interactive when we started our tour at 3pm, and we got to hear their stories and learn about all the efforts the SWCC puts into conservation, biodiversity and maximizing safe release.

Would recommend to all, especially middle aged kids and up.
Written November 24, 2022
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