Scottsdale wildlife conservation opens to give tours Nov. 21-29

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center has scheduled special tours through November.

The wildlife sanctuary, which is open on a limited basis, offers a unique look at Southwest native wildlife. The accredited sanctuary is located in lush desert surroundings in north Scottsdale.

A mountain lion playing with a pumpkin. (submitted photo)

A mountain lion playing with a pumpkin. (submitted photo)

Tours will take place in small groups with opportunities to get up close to the animals — and experience the difference between an intimate sanctuary and a public zoo, according to a press release.

Guides will provide insights into the lives of the animals and the roles they play in our ecosystem. The reservation-only tours take place four times a day starting Nov. 21.

An evening tour as the full moon rises on Nov. 25 will offer the chance to see what the animals are up to after the sun goes down. Visitors may even hear a serenade from the Mexican gray wolves.

Residents of SWCC’s Nature Center include foxes, coyotes, Mexican Gray wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, coatimundis, bears, deer and birds of prey. With a focus on Arizona native wildlife, SWCC is the only organization in the state that is qualified to care for and permitted to rehabilitate large carnivores like bears and mountain lions, the release stated.

Tours are offered Nov. 21 through Nov. 29 (except Nov. 22 and Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day) for a donation of $25 per person (children 2

A Mexican Gray Wolf (submitted photo)

A Mexican Gray Wolf (submitted photo)

years and younger are admitted free).

The 1.5-hour tours start at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Reservations and prepayment are required.

The Nov. 25 full-moon tour starts at 5 p.m. and the tour donation is $30 per person. Light refreshments will be served at this event.

Make reservations through the sanctuary’s website, at www.southwestwildlife.org, by going to the Calendar, and clicking on the date and time you want to take a tour.

E-mail education@southwestwildlife.org or call 480-471-3621 with any questions.

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