Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Scottsdale

4.9
#4 of 11 in Wildlife in Scottsdale
Must see · Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) offers a home for life in our accredited wildlife sanctuary, the largest sanctuary for animals native to the southwest in the United States. SWCC is the only sanctuary in Arizona capable of caring for large mammals such as black bears, mountain lions, and Mexican gray wolves. As an accredited sanctuary, SWCC must operate under strict and rigorous guidelines with respect to animal management and care.

SWCC is funded through donations and grants and we appreciate on the hard work of countless volunteers.

Policy Regarding Comments on SWCC’s Facebook Page:

SWCC welcomes open dialogue on our Facebook page, and respectful interaction is encouraged. However, any inappropriate, inaccurate, profane or disrespectful dialogue will be removed. SWCC maintains that any dialogue on its Facebook page is the opinion of the writer and not necessarily that of SWCC, its employees or board of directors.

Please also note: Anyone who bullies other people on our page will be deleted and banned. This Facebook page is our own personal page and the laws of "free speech" do not apply to a personal Facebook page, despite so many who think they can post and say anything they want to and we have to leave it. That is NOT the case. They get deleted and banned without explanation.
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  • Marcia was our guide and she was great! Such passion and informative stories about the reserve and animals and how they got there. I would highly recommend this to families and folks who enjoy...  more »
  • Such a wonderful glimpse of Arizona wildlife. We did a private tour and got such an up close look at so many animals native to Arizona. Robyn was an amazing tour educator, she patiently answered all.....  more »
  • I loved how close we were to the animals. Diane was an excellent tour guide. I learned a lot. Love the mountain lions  more »
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  • Awesome hidden gem. Great for families, couples, or on your own. Tours are 9-11 am most days. Even in middle of summer, it's very reasonable out there - almost all of the tour is in shade (but bring water, if it's a hot day). Interesting and educated tour guides talk you through their entire wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, and release programs. Over 300 animals in total with excellent examples of most species able to be seen easily and up close. Everything from raptors to gray wolves to black bears. The big cats are super cool, too. Very glad we were able to find this place (they should do more marketing).
  • Diane, our tour leader was outstanding! She provided details about the animals and told about their 'stories' as well. It was interesting, fun and professional. She was one of the finest guides that I have experienced. The animals are well cared for. Diane seemed to be 'magic', whenever she called for each animal, they usually came.
  • If you're an animal lover and want to see an operation doing great things for our desert critters who land on hard times. Also, getting up close and personal with some creatures you know are out here locally but you wouldn't want to encounter without bars, really gives you an appreciation for the fauna around us. The staff couldn't be more passionate about the cause and made it engaging for the kids - although the activity is age agnostic for sure.
  • Donate, donate, donate! What a fantastic job they do in critter rescue. Took a tour and was so thankful they exist helping those who cannot help themselves!
  • Went on a field trip here with our school's seventh-graders. It's a wonderful facility with knowledgeable guides. I love that their aim is to educate people about how to treat wildlife correctly. I would recommend this place to any teacher.

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