As stewards of the land, it is imperative that we learn how to coexist with one of our most precious resources, our native wildlife. Urban development is presenting one of the greatest challenges our wildlife has to try an overcome. Decreased open areas, increased traffic & negative human interaction, whether accidental or deliberate is threatening their existence. I commend Tucson Wildlife Center (TWC) for the services they provide, free of charge. This dedicated staff is available 24/7, 365 days for emergency intervention, referral services, and education. Their mission is rescue, rehabilitation & release. The duties can be quite arduous. The hours endless, with over night rescues, feedings &/ or medications being delivered throughout the night, emergency surgeries and yet this staff is ready & willing to assist our wildlife. I am honored & proud to be associated with this outstanding group of individuals. I know TWC is making a real difference. Please help us help our wildlife, let others know about the Tucson Wildlife Center. Thank you.
Tucson Wildlife Center is a haven for those who are injured, orphaned or literally lost ( such is the case of the brown pelican.) I volunteered for 2 and a half years and treasured being a part of TWC, but I had to relocate recently. My favorite job was cleaning up the yards of the residents (those unalbe to be released.) I loved having the greathorns act as "yard foreman" as I raked beneath them, and hosed off the mesh to cool them down in the hot summer months. It was the same with the screetch owls, a special harris hawk and a redtail, peregrines and others. Being able to assist in the rehabilitation of a golden eagle as it regained it's flight strength was wonderful and fulfilling. What we do there benfits our precious wildlife in a direct and important manner. It is invaluable in it's ability to rehabilitate, protect and relocate animals and birds for their highest benefit. Much of the time what we do goes unnoticed. We do our best to inform and educate the public, but it just takes once for someone's heart to be touched by the life of a wild creature - seeking only to live free in natures balance. We are a part of that. Assisting in this endeavor, will enhance the lives of countless animals.
I volunteered at TWC for about a year until I was sidelined by an accident. I really enjoyed helping out around there mostly because the people there were pretty level headed unlike some people with some rescue groups. The center does a great job of helping wildlife and putting up with AZG&F's crap. I would love to see this facility grow so they could have a vet on site at all times and all the equipment necessary to handle the worst cases and in my time there I have seen some pretty bad stuff come into the surgery suite. I will definitely be volunteering there again in the future. A fantastic organization that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to volunteer and give back to nature.
It is a pleasure to work for this organization because it is always growing, improving and helping every wild animal, no matter what the species, that comes through the door. They concentrate on getting the rescued patients, after they have healed, back to the wild with their original families, and familiar territory. They are helping close to 800 large animals every year!
The fact that the Tucson Wildlife Center is staffed almost completely by volunteers giving their time, energy and resources to help rectify wildlife tragedies that are mostly human-caused really touches me. I think it's amazing that they will travel anywhere in the area to rescue an injured animal at no cost. Their selfless volunteers have given presentations to both my Rotary club and my company's networking club. They brought live animals and helped educate our people about our habitat and those we share it with. While they did not charge a fee, my organizations were glad to give them donations. My husband and I have not only donated a small sum of money, but in-kind donations of copy paper and dry erase markers in the hope that more of their organizational funds can now go to the animals who so deserve a chance to live. While we were at the center yesterday, the Education Director received a package of thank you letters from a 1st grade class to whom she and her colleagues had given a presentation. It was heartwarming to see what the kids had learned and I could tell that many of them will be good stewards of their environment now that they understand more about it. This organization deserves all the support it can get.
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.
Everyone here respects and gets along with each other! There is only support, no dissention. The director is a passionate and intelligent teacher, never shy to teach all she knows. I have learned so much. And experienced nature and animals in ways I could never have had the opportunity to know. Like how all species will travel their lifetime to get back home, if they become displaced. And how most species have strong family ties, even when the books say they don't.