Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center does not operate like a zoo with open hours and admission; however, visitors can preregister for tours that will introduce them to some of the animals in the sanctuary.
Black Bears are some of the most popular for visitors to see. There are currently six bears at SWCC sanctuary and many of them are here because they were considered “nuisance bears” or bears that have acclimated people to getting food so they were wondering in yards, or imprinted on humans and did not know how to be a bear. One bear, Berry, loves to show off for visitors. He was in a zoo after being found by officials on an Indian Reservation suffering from mal nutrition and starvation. The female bears in the zoo did not accept Berry and so he came to SWCC where he shares an enclosure with a very shy female bear named Cinnamon.
Bobcats at SWCC are in the sanctuary for injuries. There are two bobcats who were both brought in as kittens. Bella was picked up by hikers who assumed she was abandoned and after care, she was diagnosed with a spine condition that would prohibit her from thriving in the wild. Spock was rescued after a run in with a dog that resulted in an injured foot for the bobcat.
The Coati Peanut, is the only one of her kind at Southwest Wildlife Conversation Center. She was found as a baby on a rooftop and brought to the center. The Coati was only six weeks old when she was found and immediately took to humans. Because of her fondness for belly rubs and human cuddles, she was determined to be better off living in the sanctuary than going into the wild.
Coyotes currently living in the sanctuary at SWCC are the product of people thinking they would make good pets and trying to integrate them into their families with people and dogs. The female coyote at the sanctuary, Sangria, was never around other coyotes and lives alone. Because she was fed dog food rather than animal meat, her health was in great decline and she will most likely continue to have health issues. The male coyotes, Wiley and Big Boy, share an enclosure where visitors can see a lot of Wiley. He is very vocal and snips, snarls, and yelps at visitors on tours while Big Boy prefers to hide. Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, Arizona - Photo: Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
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