Tucson Wildlife Center is making a huge impact saving native Southern Arizona's wildlife. The Center is dedicated to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured, sick and orphaned wild animals. Medical professionals volunteer their time and services as well as 70 individuals volunteer who feed and care for the animals and property. The state-of-the-art Sam Goldman Wildlife Hospital is under construction. When it is complete, their services will reach even more wildlife in need, all FREE to the public!
Tucson Wildlife Center does it all. And does it with minimal administrative expenditures. Last year they admitted over 700 injured, sick or orphaned desert native wildlife. Their goal is rehabilitation and release back into the native habitat. And they do is all with 3 staff persons and many many professional and lay volunteers. In addition to treatment of the injured animals, they inform the public about the importance of the animal to the desert ecosystem. The Center allows invited guests to learn about the resident animals and the education director goes to many many schools and community events with in-house produced DVD's, wildlife posters and desert ecosystem information. This non-profit deserves recognition in the areas of environment, ecosystem improvement and wildlife sustainability.
The southwest desert is a harsh environment in the best of times. Now, with a major drought and human encroachment on all remaining water supplies and lands, wild living animals are barely surviving to adulthood. Add the pressures of highways, cars, hunters, trappers, disease,and natural predators and you can see how bad the odds for desert wildlife are. One of the only organizations to stand between these terrible odds and an animals survival is the Tucson Wildlife Center. TWC. They are professional, expert and caring...a rare combination. With a brilliant volunteer staff of veterinarians, animal caretakers and office staff, they somehow manage to keep the place going...but always on the verge of survival, just like the animals they help.