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“A must for animal lovers”

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Ranked #2 of 171 things to do in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Wonderful tour by Robyn of this non-profit conservancy. Tours highlighting permanent residents - wolves, coyotes, brown bears, bobcats, leopard, porcupines, javalenas,owls, etc. fund their true purpose of rehabilitating orphaned &/or injured native animals and returning them to their natural habitats. The tour entertains and educates while allowing up close views of the residents. Be sure to checkout their website, reservations are required - typical tour starts at 10:00 a.m., but they were able to accommodate our schedule with advance notice. This was a highlight of our visit to Arizona this year.

3  Thank Beck W
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Wow.The centre is well-organised and entirely self-funding. The wild animals are extremely well-cared for , and given the sometimes harrowing accounts of their past experience at the hands of humans they are fortunate to have pitched up here , where the staff are so dedicated

The mammals which have been rescued have often been kept as very inappropriate pets in highly unsuitable domestic environments and then abandoned by their "owners" when they are no longer capable of looking after them or they become a nuisance. Often they come as young, whose parents have been killed by hunters, or have been maimed in traps.,

The staff here , mostly volunteers, will rehabilitate those which are suitable and re-introduce them to the wild whenever possible. However, since a three legged wolf or a one winged bird would not survive independently in the wild they are looked after for the remainder of their lives and given as much attention and care as is possible.

The tours are booked in advance and the cost is a donation to the centre. Call them and book a tour. You won't regret it and you will get an informative and intelligent tour and an encounter with wild animals that will stay in your memory for a long while. Make the biggest donation that you can afford, as this kind of enterprise is very costly to keep up.

You will need independent transport to get there , as the sanctuary is out in the desert. The tour lasts about an hour or so and you will see mountain lions, bears, javelinas, wolves, coyotes, coatimundis, porcupines,tortoises, deer, raccoons, as well as some other , more exotic inhabitants.

3  Thank anthony4840
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This park is top notch! The tour was fun and informative and they are helping to rescue and release if possible. The animal enclosures were clean and good sized and the staff seemed to really care about their well being. A must visit for animal lovers

4  Thank tamizer
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

What a great place to take the kids & just enjoy learning about wildlife & see the animals. Our guide Tara was awsome!!! She really made learning fun & you could tell loved sharing the animals with the small groups.

3  Thank ArborMom
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We went here while visiting family in Scottsdale. It was great! Very knowledgeable guides, small groups. We got a closeup view of all of the animals we were hoping to see. We even got to hear the very rare Mexican wolves howl. This is not a zoo. It is a small refuge for animal rehabilitation. Highly recommended if you want a personal tour to see animals of the area up close and you like the fact that the tour fee/donation goes to help feed and care for the animals.

7  Thank kbecerra
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