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Rescuing domestic animals is definitely not something SWCC does everyday. But when there's a case of mistaken identity, our incredible wildlife rescue volunteers always rise to the occasion.

How much do you know about javelina? Check out this MYTHBUSTING article to compare fiction with fact, and learn how you can effectively co-exist with this cool southwestern mammal!

There's a lot of misinformation circulating about bobcats in the Sonoran desert and elsewhere. This blog post attempts to bust common bobcat myths and give practical advice on how to coexist with this magnificent desert feline.

There's a lot of misinformation circulating about coyotes in the Sonoran desert and elsewhere. This blog post attempts to bust common coyote myths and give practical advice on how to coexist with this magnificent desert canine.

PLEASE READ this update to our COVID-19 policies and procedures. Here is the notable difference:

All SWCC staff, volunteers, and guests must wear face masks correctly over their nose and mouth at all times. This includes children age 2 and older. Adults with kids aged 2-5 years must make a reasonable effort to assist the child with wearing a mask. Anyone not willing to comply with this policy will be asked to leave SWCC.

Thank you for all of your support during the pandemic. Thanks to your kindness and compassion, we are keeping our invaluable Animal Care and Clinic staff and volunteers healthy through this crisis so our animals will receive the daily care they need.

Do black bears hibernate? SWCC Trail Guides get this question a lot from tour guests. Check out this blog post to learn the differences between large mammal and small mammal hibernation behaviors, and check out an adorable picture of Heavenly the Black Bear lounging in his recycled fire hose hammock.

It's Howloween, which may mean wolves on the prowl. How much do you know about North American wolves? Check out this post to find out!

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.

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