Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center remains open for wildlife emergencies, orphaned animals

The Scottsdale wild animal refuge is closed to the public, has canceled public events

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The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center will remain open for wildlife emergencies and orphaned animals during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottsdale wildlife refuge is closed to the public and its annual fundraiser and other spring events have been canceled to protect public health in response to the virus, according to a press release.

“SWCC veterinary hospital will remain open 24/7 for orphans and wildlife emergencies during the coronavirus pandemic. Our animal care staff will remain working on site, continuing to provide the highest quality wildlife care,” said Southwest Conservation Center Founder and Executive Director Linda Searles in a prepared statement.

“The SWCC medical team will also be on duty for medical emergencies and to care for orphans. As is always the case, many of our volunteers will be here every day to help support our animal care staff. We are dedicated to our wildlife and will continue to be here for them.”

If any members of the public have a wildlife emergency, they are urged to call SWCC at 480-433-5656.

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is home to approximately 350 wild animals including foxes, porcupines, coyotes, bobcats, owls, bears, hawks, raccoons and mountain lions.

The non-profit wildlife refuge is located near 156th Street and Rio Verde Drive in Scottsdale. Throughout the year, Southwest Wildlife rescues and rehabilitates native wild animals always with the goal to release the animals back into the wild, whenever possible.

Established in 1994, the SWCC rescues and rehabilitates wildlife that has been injured, displaced, and orphaned.

For more information or to donate go to southwestwildlife.org.

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