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The results of the naming contest are in - meet Nocona, the newest lion to join the pride at SWCC. Read his story and the meaning of his name in this post!

The votes are in and our new 2-year-old mountain lion finally has a new name!

16-year SWCC veteran Robyn Moul fondly remembers three of our sanctuary animals - Berry the Bear, Giselle the Mountain Lion, and Leo the Leopard/Jaguar Hybrid - that have "crossed the Rainbow Bridge."

In late August of 2020, a 2-year-old male mountain lion arrived at SWCC to stay. Our social media followers had a lot of thoughtful, earnest questions about why a healthy mountain lion can't be released back into the wild. We consulted our animal care experts, and here's the low-down.

Are you a javelina expert? In this post, you'll find tons of facts on javelina, how SWCC builds herds - a.k.a. "squadrons" - and Arizona Game and Fish releases them back into the wild.

This Wildlife Weekly blog post gives details on how a variety of southwest mammals - bobcats, coyotes, skunks, porcupines, etc. - defend themselves in the wild.

This post in our Wildlife Weekly series gives some fun facts on animal fur and how it's different/similar to human hair.

SWCC's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release orphaned, injured, or displaced wildlife. Read about the planning and forethought that goes into the Third R: Release in this informative blog post.

Coyote dads are amazing fathers. This post tells the story of one of our coyote foster dads, Moon, as well as the criteria SWCC looks for when choosing wild "foster parents" for our injured, orphaned, or displaced infant wildlife.

"Mangy" coyotes - what are they? How can you help? This blog post explains the medical condition "mange," its effects on wildlife, and how you can help if and when you see any wildlife in distress.

Read the story of Heavenly, our 7-foot tall, 600-pound, peanut butter-loving black bear.

Spring means baby animals - but remember to leave young wildlife alone

SWCC was the Front page article in April Frontdoors Magazine

We continue to serve our mission. Animal Care continues 24/7. Our veterinary hospital remains open for wildlife emergencies.

In an effort to avoid further spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) we are canceling all our regularly scheduled tours at the sanctuary, until further notice.  

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