Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center receives prestigious recognition from AZGFD

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The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center has received a “Commission Commendation of Achievement” for its years-long dedication to wildlife.

The award recognizes the center’s wildlife conservation, education, research and rehabilitation in the state of Arizona over the last two decades, according to a press release.

The award is not just a testament to the hard work undertaken by Linda Searles, the SWCC director and her staff, the release stated. This sought-after recognition will also help the SWCC with public awareness, grants, and funding.

“To be recognized by Arizona’s Game and Fish Department is huge,” said Ms. Searles in the release.

“We try to assist the department whenever we can and we always do our part to educate the next generation of wildlife stewards. We’re grateful for this award and we look forward to making more contributions to our state.”

Ms. Searles officially founded Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in 1994. Since then, SWCC has rehabilitated thousands of sick, injured, orphaned or displaced wild animals, the release stated.

More than 70 percent have been successfully released back into the wild. Specially trained staff and volunteers are on call to respond to any wild mammal emergency that may arise.

In addition to this award, SWCC is proud to announce other exciting developments, including a partnership with Midwestern University that has been formed where a select group of veterinary students will be rotating to the SWCC for a wildlife experience.

These veterinary students will learn about wildlife and animal interactions in one of Arizona’s most environmentally diverse settings, the release stated.

SWCC will be hosting its annual “Beary Merry Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 16. Beary Merry Christmas is SWCC’s Holiday Party and includes a tour of the center with refreshments.

“Beary Merry Christmas” will be a night of sipping hot cocoa by the fire, listening to carolers, and even getting a chance to meet with Santa Clause. As alternative gifts, the SWCC will be doing symbolic adoptions where an adopter can receive a photo of an animal, a certificate, and a stuffed animal.

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