JULY 17, 2013

Scottsdale wildlife sanctuary offers special night tour

See wolves, coyotes, raccoons, owls during full moon on July 22
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SCOTTSDALE – 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 Saturday, July 22.

Southwest Wildlife is offering the special night tour starting at 7 p.m. at its sanctuary in northeast Scottsdale. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

howling wolfWhile 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 or sign up easily by going to http://southwestwildlife.org. Pre-payment is required to register, and space is limited.