Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Scottsdale

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  • My wife and I was staying at the Sheraton Desert Oasis in Scottsdale, Az and was looking for something to do for only a couple of hours. Our concierge at the resort suggested the Southwest Wildlife Co...  more »
  • We ventured north of Scottsdale proper to participate in a 2 hour tour of this wildlife rehabilitation center. We we welcomed and led on a tour by knowledgeable and dedicated staff. We saw numerous re...  more »
  • We were greeted by the best volunteer tour guide Sunny! We were privileged to spend time with the most amazing rescue animals - Once near extinct wolfs, beautiful wildcats and so much more. Do yoursel...  more »
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  • we were given a great tour of this rescue facility that is home to several specimens of the world's most endangered species, the Mexican gray wolf. Beautiful animals. We were chased around by a fearless huge tortoise that loves carrots. Also present were some coatis, deer, mountain lions, bears, javelinas, foxes and others. The center has no government support and relies on private donations in cash or kind. A very worthy cause. Tours are $25 and go to support their efforts. We all loved it!
  • We volunteered with my workplace to trim shubbery, then Robyn gave us a tour. She brought the animal's stories to life and it made me appreciate all the more the compassion of everyone there. The animals are well taken care of. I am so glad places like this exist to take care of animals that are defenseless. Thank you for everything Southwest Wildlife Conservation! I will be sharing how wonderful you are with others.
  • My girlfriend and I took a quick trip to Phoenix and found this highly recommended on Yelp and Google. We are huge animal people (read as lovers of animals, not massive human and animal hybrid organisms) and love zoos but often find ourselves feeling put off by the living conditions they inflict on their animals. Southwest was so refreshing in that all of the beautiful animals you get to see are permanent residents (the ones being released are kept out of sight of guests so they don't imprint on humans) and are very well cared for. Their enclosures are sprawling and well-maintained, receive proper diets, and are cared for by knowledgeable staff that volunteer their time out of love for animals. The animals they show during the tour include a dozen Mexican grey wolves, several hawks and owls, several mountain lions, four bears, a leopard-jaguar hybrid, Kit foxes, Designer foxes, porcupines, deer, coyotes, Cotamundi, giant tortoise, and several other species of foxes whose names I can’t remember. The tour lasts just around two hours and is very informative and a lot of fun. Our guide, Tara, was an absolute treasure. She very obviously had a great relationship with all the animals, was very personable, and paced everything very well. She said she was on her 6th year of volunteering at Southwest after a visit with her daughter turned her into a permanent fixture at the conservation center. Between facts about the animals and her jokes, my girlfriend and I were having just a wonderful time. Complimentary water is offered with several drinking fountains throughout the area. There is a gift shop at the front of the property with lots of cool keepsakes. Most importantly, Southwest is a privately-funded catch-and release center that rehabilitated and released 91% of their animals in 2017. Tour ticket sales and donations keep this wonderful place going, and I would definitely recommend a visit.
  • Oh my gosh this place is awesome, everyone should go. The location is amazing, very big trees, lush for the desert and sprinkled throughout are incredible rescue animals! From Bobcats to javelinas to black bears to mountain lions porcupines foxes coyotes gray wolves owls desert tortoise... The people that run this place and work here are amazing to put so much into helping animals that need rehabilitated or that can no longer live in the wild. It's not far from Pima Road out Dynamite before you get to Rio Verde, so it's not that far but it is well worth it. The tour takes like 2 hours and every animal is just as amazing as the next one. GO! NOW!
  • Even more interesting and enjoyable than I expected. So many great animals to see up close and learn about. I'll definitely be back any time I visit the area.
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