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Update on Bear Cubs

The 3 little ones are eating from dishes on their own so they won't need to be handled to be fed. That's an important milestone in their journey toward possible release.

Earth Day!

Every day is Earth Day! But today is a good day to celebrate everything the Earth shares with us.

Beaver Rescued From Canal

Look who showed up yesterday! This adult beaver was rescued from SRP's Grand Canal in Phoenix. There’s some food there, but it’s not an ideal spot at all. When people began to harass him it was time to intervene. We have a perfect release spot in mind for him where there are other beavers and no people. He’ll be ready to go very shortly!

What Dignity Looks Like

Bob Kitty turns 21 this year. She’s not great at grooming herself any longer, but she’s quite clear about her likes and dislikes. Likes: enrichment, boneless, skinless chicken pieces, a mouscicle, and her big, soft bed. Dislikes: being interrupted when napping with her favorite teddy by people who aren’t serving her favorite meal items. :)

Baby Season Is Coming!

We’re expecting! Seriously, any minute now we’re expecting the flood gates to open and baby season to begin. All through the winter months we’ve cared for javelina babies, but from now until well into the summer months and beyond, bobcats, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, badgers, ringtails, and fox babies are likely to appear. Some arrive in cardboard boxes, some in small crates, some in nets and traps. One way or another they find us. And we’ll be here, as we have been for 25 years now - 24/7, 365 days a year - ready to do whatever it takes to help them get from fragile to freedom or to give them a forever sanctuary home. There’s lots of preparation to do and supplies to purchase. Your help is always appreciated, because you save lives with every donation.

Clean up and repairs are underway at the sanctuary.  Crews cleared the tour path first so that we could once again welcome visitors.  

The snow is gone and the temperatures are beautiful. REGISTER for a tour!

After nearly a foot of heavy snow the sanctuary has lost a lot of trees and sustained some damage to animal enclosures.

So Much Snow!

SWCC received nearly a foot of snow overnight and through the morning. The animals are fine, but it's going to cause a big clean up of downed trees. We'll know more as the day goes on.

Happy New Year!

Javelina for Hanukkah... Coyote for Christmas... Kit Fox for Kwanza...

November 27th is #GivingTuesday!
#GiveAFuture to wildlife at #SouthwestWildlife

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our black bears enjoyed their own Thanksgiving feast!

Last week we said goodbye to our long-time resident Mexican gray wolf, Winema (F938).

It's that time of year again - 115 degrees!!

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” - Winnie The Pooh

It's Independence Day!

For SWCC, summer has the MOST number of animals, the MOST costs and the LEAST visitors.

Biology… the least of what makes someone a mother.
-Oprah Winfrey

Sadly, we recently said goodbye to one of our resident porcupines.

Recently, one of our newest volunteers went on her very first rescue call.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and Defenders of Wildlife are grateful for the ability to carry-on our missions of saving native wildlife, especially our beloved Mexican gray wolves.

Enrichment is vital to our sanctuary animals’ mental, emotional, and physical health.

Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour, statewide day of giving to nonprofits. Find your favorite charity and GIVE GIVE GIVE. At Southwest Wildlife giving saves lives!

Back by popular demand - we're holding a 2nd workshop!

Spring Training. Spring Break. Families flock to Arizona in March.

Please join us for what promises to be a howling good time, as we celebrate the rarity of the Mexican gray wolf, at our annual gala and fundraiser, Dinner with Wolves.
As a holding facility, Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is privileged to be home to 14 Mexican gray wolves.
Stroll with your cocktail as you take a self-guided tour, then enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by silent and live auctions.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, as well as Defenders of Wildlife.
To eat, drink and be hopeful. Register here

We are saving up to purchase a new maintenance golf cart...

Smart as a fox because I'm fur you. Our animals are practicing for Valentine's Day!

Register for Hearts and Howls!

There are still spots available for our unique Valentine's event this Saturday, February 10th! We have some wild love stories to tell!

Bring your sweetheart out to hear Sandy and Shorty's love story at Southwest Wildlife’s Hearts and Howls event. Register at

Recently, Southwest Wildlife received a “flat" visitor in the mail.

While school was closed for Christmas break, a mother bobcat and her two kittens moved in.

Check out what’s on the menu for our black bears today.

As we say farewell to 2017, we ask for your support one more time before the year ends.

Through your tax-deductible donations we continue to make a difference in the lives of injured and orphaned wildlife.

Holiday Thank You

Southwest Wildlife is so thankful for the support from our followers, community, and donors. With your support, we are be able to save wildlife, and spread awareness on living peacefully with our wild neighbors. Thank you!

Goliath our African Sulcata tortoise is a tour favorite!

At Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center our focus is helping animals. But animals are not the only ones that need help. We recently had Hope Kids visit our sanctuary.

Giselle shares her name with another famous model, Giselle Bundchen, and they have that same “come hither” stare.

A poem to be thankful for...

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Rescues, Rehabilitates and Releases Southwest mammals that have been injured, orphaned, or displaced. Learn more.

The universal symbol for Fall is the pumpkin. Visit Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and see what our animals do with this iconic fruit.

Have you heard of a “murder of crows" or a “gaggle of geese”? What do you suppose a group of raccoons is called? Find out here!

Ever wonder if our bears use their hammocks? The answer is, YES! They LOVE their hammocks!

New in the clinic, 3 tiny raccoon kits who somehow hitched a ride on a truck from California.

Birthday party, that is! Leonardo turned 15 years old.

Welcome Kurt and Minty! Two adorable Western Screech owls have joined our family.

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