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Our mission: “Saving our wildlife, one life at a time,” is achieved through four core components: rehabilitation, education, research and sanctuary.

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Coyote in a cast

Rehabilitation

We heal injured animals, raise orphans and return wildlife to their natural habitat. When an injured animal is brought to our center, our state-of-the-art wildlife hospital and experienced veterinary and animal care specialists jump into action taking revealing X-rays, clarifying MRI’s and preparing to operate as needed. We have proven our ability to treat, heal, and successfully raise such challenging species as black bears, mountain lions, javelina, bobcat, coyotes, raccoons and skunks.

Our dedicated neonatal hospital room allows our skilled staff and volunteers to care for the babies of these and other species. We take in animals from any situation and, regardless of their physical condition upon arrival, we provide the care, medication, and surgery required to increase their chance of survival. And when their condition or injuries are too severe, we provide caring and humane euthanasia.

Education

We educate the public to encourage their understanding of the importance of wildlife in our ecosystem, and their role in preventing human-wildlife conflicts.

Research

We help seek solutions to wildlife conflicts and other issues through science and research.

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Gray foxes in the sanctuary at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center

Sanctuary

And we provide a permanent home for injured wildlife that cannot be expected to survive on their own in the wild.

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Bear being released

Of the 300 animals who came to us in the last 12 months, most have been released. Our combined release average for all animals is 75–80 percent, with a 92 percent release rate for orphaned wildlife. Over our 26-year history, we know that a small percentage (between 3 percent and 4 percent) have injuries or conditions that prevent them from returning back into the wild. That is why today we provide sanctuary for more than 250 animals who call Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center their “forever home.”

Mountain lions, black bears, Mexican gray wolves, javelina, deer, coatimundis, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, foxes of many types, skunks and porcupines find a safe and comforting home in our wildlife sanctuary.

Throughout the coming year, we will introduce each of our residents and reveal their stories. In the meantime, visit our sanctuary and meet them yourself! We’d love to share these amazing stories with you in person — What a great experience it will be for the entire family. Check the tour schedule on our website.

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