Fires Contribute To More Wild Animals At Southwest Conservation Center

By Nakiesha Johnson
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 4:40pm
Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 8:26am

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center baby animal
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
An influx of wild animals arrived in June 2019 at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale — and many of them were orphaned babies.

More wild animals have been taken in this year than ever before at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale. They say the recent wildfires have contributed to this increase.

The center rescues and rehabilitates wildlife that have been injured, displaced, or orphaned. They are able to rehabilitate young animal with the help of foster parents.

Linda Searles is with the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. 

“The younger animals, the ones that come in at neonate once they are eating on their own then those animals will go out with foster parents. We have foster bobcats, coyotes, and raccoons. They will actually raise them for us," Searles said. 

Since the most recent wildfire, the center has released raccoons, skunks, and even a herd of javelinas in conjunction with Arizona Game and Fish Department.

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