The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved a needed Special Use Permit for the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, on June 22.
SWCC, located just outside the Scottsdale city limits, is the last refuge for mountain lions, bears, leopards, wolves, porcupines, and other animals that populate Arizona.
The permit enables the SWCC to raise funds by conducting tours and youth camps which are critical to the center’s financial survival, according to a press release.
The SWCC’s troubles began in 2015 following a single zoning complaint from one neighbor.
“We are on the verge of saving this labor of love which saves wildlife. Contributors, petition signers, elected leaders, and countless others have rallied to help us survive this crisis. Our odds are much better now that we have the ability to raise funds through tours and camps,” stated SWCC Director Linda Searles.
The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center rescues native wild animals that have lost their homes to development, or are found injured, orphaned, or abandoned. When possible, the animals are rehabilitated and released — healthy and wild — back where they belong.
Those animals that could not survive in the wild can live out their lives at the center’s accredited sanctuary. The center doesn’t buy, breed, sell or trade animals, nor are the animals for hire or used for commercial purposes.
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