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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

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Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

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27026 N 156th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85262-9524
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Courtney wrote a review Sep 2020
Fulton, Missouri50 contributions5 helpful votes
We LOVE this place! Such a cool place to take out of state visitors or even locals. You are able to see many different types of AZ species that you don’t get to see often. HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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David-Anthony wrote a review Sep 2020
Chicago, Illinois7 contributions
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Ok so I came to Arizona to visit Saguaro National Park and was gullible enough to believe I’d see scores of wildlife just chumming around like they do on coloring books. I saw a lizard and heard a bird. Sigh! But still a must-see trip! The next day I visited SWCC and was able to see all of the native wildlife I had hoped for, and more! You’re instantly greeted by Goliath (which was fun for me since my name is David), a huge tortoise who seems to race into the group like a bulldozer. Very cute fellow! Besides Goliath, all animals are native to the region. The animals up for release won’t be available for the public to see but the ones whom the sanctuary offers a second chance at life are. This includes: coyotes, bears, bobcats and an array of regional mascots. It’s a legit way to keep the animals: animals! The tour begins with a friendly intro by a very knowledgeable guide. You’ll learn a lot. It’s surprisingly shaded so being hot or uncomfortable wasn’t an issue. Water is provided which was nice. I only have two recommendations for tweaking the experience: The start of the tour begins with a visit to some Mexican grey wolves. We almost missed them as these particular animals are kept exclusively wild (the guide doesn’t feed or handle them). Once they do appear, they are old and mangy looking and too far off to really see well enough or become enthusiastic about. So my first ten minutes I was a smidge concerned I’d expect to walk through an entire sanctuary and “maybe” see an animal and when I would they’d be on their death beds. Not the case at all. Once the first ten minutes passed the guide interacted (fed treats) to some animals and we got a nice glimpse of them and learned something new! Secondly, it would have been nice if I could have held an animal. Like a snake, or a rabbit; a chicken even. Something used to being handled. For a photo opp. My only photo was me and cactus outside lol. I’m lying I did manage to get one with Goliath and a stray black roaming the facility. I wouldn’t want to pet or handle baby coyotes or skunks (because I respect the sanctuary aspect) but it might have been cool to pet a snake or something, especially to appease child visitors. Otherwise I had a phenomenal time, would absolutely recommend for those visiting Phoenix and will certainly revisit next time I’m in town! @norfkorea
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Pattersons7 wrote a review Sep 2020
Auburn, Alabama2 contributions
My husband, son, and I enjoyed our tour of the SWCC. They are doing a wonderful job of rehabilitating animals and releasing the animals that they can. We found the tour very informative and loved getting to see the animals up close. The wolves even howled for us!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Curtis goes places wrote a review Sep 2020
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My wife and friends and I just finished our tour and it ended up being just the five of us and our guide, Marcia, who is very knowledgeable and friendly. She took her time, showing us all the animals and stories about how they came to the center. We got very close access and the entire place is well shaded with tress that are as old as the conservation center itself (26 yrs old)! This is a great place to visit, regardless of age. Please buy a tour/donate and support this awesome cause!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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208Serendipity1947 wrote a review Sep 2020
Mission Viejo, California8 contributions2 helpful votes
Our tour guide, Daphne, was excellent, and she told us many interesting stories about the animals. We were encouraged to ask questions and consequently learned much more about animal adaptations to this harsh environment. The center is doing a wonderful job and is worthy of support.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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