SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

Scottsdale Wildlife Sanctuary offers special night tour

See wolves, coyotes, raccoons, owls and more during full moon on Sept. 28
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southwest wildlife logoSCOTTSDALE – Visitors to Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) can see and hear wolves howling, coyotes yipping, raccoons frolicking and owls hooting under a full moon on Friday, Sept. 28.

Southwest Wildlife is offering the special night tour starting at 8 p.m. at its sanctuary in northeast Scottsdale. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for kids. 

While wolves don't really howl at the moon, they do tend to be more vocal at night because they are nocturnal. They point their heads toward the sky to project their calls upward, allowing the sound to carry farther.

Southwest Wildlife rescues, rehabilitates, and releases injured, displaced, and orphaned wildlife.  SWCC's sanctuary and nature center provides a home for animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Residents of SWCC’s Nature Center include foxes, coyotes, Mexican Gray and Arctic wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, coatimundis, bears, deer and javelina.

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 sanctuary also serves as a holding facility for the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program.

To make a reservation, contact the SWCC education department at 480-471-3621. Pre-payment is required to register, and space is limited.

Southwest Wildlife is planning to hold another special night tour during the full moon in late October.