Tucson Wildlife Center provides a much needed service to Tucson. We ended up with a javelina in our yard who had been impaled by an arrow through her neck. All the way through and sticking out each side so she could not walk without it hitting bushes etc. She was obviously left to die a horrible and painful death. The wildlife center treated her at their facility and then brought her back to the area she was captured. When released we heard a lot of noise and ran to our backyard. The herd in the wash was greeting her like a long lost relative. Rubbing up against her and making almost a happy sound. It made me realize that animals look at each other as we do. I will never forget that moment. Thank you Tucson Wildlife for all your help.
Oh gosh, where to even start? I guess it all began my senior year of high school, when I was required to do a mandatory project and write a paper about an issue that was important to me. I’ve always loved animals, and have always wanted to work with them. So I began my internship at TWC as a volunteer. Time passed, and my senior year ended. And now, two years after I have finished high school, I still find myself amazed with each day I spend at the Center. I’ve learned so much about the animals that call my beloved Tucson home, and have found a new appreciation for them and our ecosystem. And what’s more, I don’t get to just spend my time with amazing animals, but with amazing people. I see so much compassion in the people who bring in patients, and with those around me at the center. I will forever adore and be in debt to this amazing place, and everything they’ve done for our wonderful Tucson.
My son found an injured young Gila woodpecker under a tree outside our fence. He called the Tucson Wildlife Center. The volunteer on the phones asked him a series of questions to make sure that the little one was actually injured and had not just fallen out of a nest. This was most important, since TWC tries to prevent mistaken "rescues" of young, uninjured fledglings who are still being cared for by their parents. Having determined that their staff should look at the little woodpecker, we put it in a box with soft protection around it and drove out to TWC. We were greeted warmly, the little one was whisked back to triage, and we filled a form with the information TWC needed. We were reassured that their rehab staff would take the very best care of our little foundling. Two weeks later, we were happily surprised by a phone call from TWC. They told us that our little woodpecker had been treated and had healed well, and that we were welcome to pick her up and put her back where we found her. She was given to us in a box with a little shelter box inside, where she was hiding. When we uncovered her at the initial rescue site, she didn't hesitate. She flew up into the tree above and began calling. We were so grateful to TWC for not only helping this little one but also for their caring, not just about her, but about our feelings, too. This was a win-win story.
I have been a volunteer here since last year. I am very happy to be a part of their efforts to rescue, rehab, and release wildlife. I have met so many exceptional, skilled, and caring people there! They make every effort possible to save lives and return them to their natural habitat. I love Tucson Wildlife Center!
When I brought an injured roadrunner to this center a few years back I was impressed with the facility even though it was rustic. The caretakers were friendly and I was impressed with the cages for the javelina and bobcats and also the huge aviary for the raptors. But when I recently brought in a hummingbird fledgling that had hit our window I was even more impressed by their new building and facilities. It is beautiful. The front office is very professional with a friendly staff. I was allowed to look through a window to see the delicate cage my hummer was placed in and when I called the next day I was informed it was doing excellent and, since we knew it could fly, it should soon be able to be released. Highly recommended!
I have been volunteering here since October and really enjoy it! I have learned A LOT about our local wildlife, and the care I have seen given to the rescued critters is excellent. Tours are available to if you call ahead
The Tucson Wildlife Center is such an amazing organization. I once found a baby hawk in the parking lot of my workplace, dehydrated and covered with ants. I took it to the Tucson Wildlife Center. About a week later, I got a call from a volunteer letting me know they were getting ready to release the hawk. Unfortunately, I couldn't get there in time, so they kindly sent me photos of the release! The hawk is now a healthy adult and lives in the trees behind my workplace!
I volunteer at Tucson Wildlife Center and they do an amazing job with all of the animals that come in there. They are very knowledgable and efficient. I am proud to be a part of an amazing place to help our desert wildlife.
The only remaining wildlife hospital in the Tucson area.
Without it, injured wildlife would suffer and die.
I had a chance to tour the TWC facility and I am so glad that someone cares enough to do this sort of work. I made a big enough impression that I became a monthly donor. Only $10 for now, I wish I could send more. Thank you for doing what you do!
I was looking for a place I believed in for some volunteer work and I found a great place in TWC! The evening hours worked perfect for my work schedule to volunteer once a week and it was very rewarding work. Even just keeping the building clean made me happy because I was around chirping birds and lovely like-minded people. I volunteered for the baby season for birds and bunnies (and other various small furry things). I look forward to next season!
As a retired architect, I look forward to being with animals, accepting new responsibilities, and the opportunity to make a difference in our community. Watching a wounded hawk learn to fly again. Rescuing a baby javelina encrusted with cactus spines and observing its acceptance into a newly formed herd, then knowing that it is once again living in the wild. Having a falcon alight on your shoulder or a vulture eat from your hand as you clean their holding areas. These are wonderful and unforgettable experiences. It takes lots of effort, time and money to make this work. I'm proud to be a part of it.
I've been volunteering for the Tucson Wildlife Center for 13 years. I was there when there were just a few buildings and animal enclosures and fewer volunteers. It's been amazing watching it grow and witnesses the opening of the new hospital. Lisa Bates has worked hard to keep the TWC going and even harder to keep it growing. The staff is great, the volunteers wonderful and hard working and every animal that comes through our doors is cared for with love and respect. Thank you Lisa for finding a place for Tucson's injured wildlife to get the help they need.
I have had the honor of volunteering at TWC for about 7 months. This place and the people who run it, including the volunteers, are so wonderful. There have been many birds and mammals that have been rescued and returned to the wild. Just knowing i have had a small part in that is absolutely fabulous! I have learned so much about the wildlife we are blessed to have in this state. If you ever are in need of a wildlife rescue, this is the place to call! And if you are considering volunteering your time somewhere, and you love animals, stop by or call them to see how that can happen for you!
I have been volunteering at the TWC for about a year. I enjoy spending time caring for and being around wildlife. TWC takes care of all kinds of birds, from the smallest hummingbird to eagles. They also see a lot of mammals, from tiny bats, bunnies and mice to the larger bobcats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes and javelinas. There are several resident birds and mammals that are here permanently because of health conditions that prevent them from being released to the wild. One of my favorite things is knowing the resident animals that serve as "foster mamas and daddies" to young members of their own species that come in injured, sick, or too young to survive on their own. These foster animals raise the babies until they are old and independent enough to be released back to the wild. I am a retired certified veterinary technician, and have learned so much here at TWC about wildlife that I never knew before (when I was working with domestic cats and dogs primarily). There have been a lot of improvements over the past year - the new animal hospital was completed, more wildlife rehabilitators have been hired, and several free teaching seminars for the volunteers have been developed. TWC has a quite small staff compared to the number of volunteers, and has a 24/7 phone helpline for people to call if they see injured, orphaned or sick wildlife.
I've been volunteering here for almost 2 months and I feel like I've already learned so much. There is opportunity to be as involved as you want and are available for. I've been fortunate enough to have been involved in a release, observe surgery, and participate in a workshop. TWC does awesome works and offers their volunteers some pretty great experiences.
The people here work constantly to help our wildlife. They are knowledgeable and passionate. They are also kind and fun :) Donate or come out and volunteer, help save precious lives. I'm very glad that I did :)
I work at an emergency veterinary hospital in Tucson, AZ. One of my co-workers found a hummingbird on the ground, in our backyard area. She thought he was dead but when I went out there, I saw he was still alive. He couldn't fly and seemed to have gone through some sort of trauma. I brought him inside and had been caring for him all night hoping he would pull through till the Wildlife Center could pick him up in the morning. I received a call from their aviation doctor right when she woke up in the early morning. She picked him up from me shortly after. She said it looks like a spinal injury. Hummingbirds take about 6 days to heal from this. Since he is alert, that's a good sign. So glad he is in good hands now! Good luck little one!
Its truly amazing what they do for our wildlife out here in the desert. I'm very thankful they were able to help.
I'll admit, I haven't always been that fond of Tucson. I hated the heat and I couldn't see what everyone loved so much about this city. Then I came across the Tucson Wildlife Center. I began working here about a year ago and the more time I spent out here, the more I began to fall in love with Tucson and all it's beautiful wildlife. I started seeing more that each animal has a personality and thanks to the Tucson Wildlife Center, I finally found my following--animal care. Being around the animals is therapeutic and knowing that we're making a difference is so satisfying!
This organization is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who loves animals!
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!