Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Scottsdale

#3 of 10 in Wildlife in Scottsdale
Must see · Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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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  • No matter how many times I go to Southwest Wildlife center it is always a very fun experience. Each docent adds new facts about the different wildlife and the activity of the center itself. The...  more »
  • This was well worth the trip from Scottsdale. Mimi was a terrific guide. It’s great to be able to be so close to such beautiful animals. Teaches you the importance of respecting their power and the...  more »
  • 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.

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