Southwest Wildlife Reports Huge Influx Of Orphaned Animals

Posted By on June 27, 2019

Heading into summer Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is reporting a larger than usual influx of orphaned baby animals right now in need of rehabilitation.  

SWCC Founder and Executive Director Linda Searles says the center has seen more than a 50 percent influx of orphaned raccoons, baby bears, coyotes and other native animals.

The non-profit wildlife refuge is located near 156th Street and Rio Verde Drive in Scottsdale.  Throughout the year, Southwest Wildlife rescues and rehabilitates dozens of native wild animals always with the goal to release the animals back into the wild, whenever possible.

Searles believes the influx of orphaned animals is due to an increase in real estate development coupled with the warmer temperatures, and nearby fires.

“We have a lot going on in our state right now and in some of these cases the mothers and their babies have literally been forced out of their homes and the babies end up lost and orphaned,” said Searles. “We are seeing dozens of more babies than what we normally see this time of year. It’s important that we work to get these young animals rehabilitated quickly so they can be re-released back into the wild when possible and the cycle of life can continue for these animals.”

A recent example of the influx of orphaned animals includes the three brown bear cub who became orphaned after their mother was hit by car in southern Arizona.

Those bears are currently being rehabilitated at Southwest Wildlife with the hope and goal that they can be safely re-released into the wild.

Southwest Wildlife operates solely from the public’s support and relies on donations and grants to keep the facility open with trained volunteers and veterinarians caring for the animals 24/7.

To make a donation or for more information on how you can sponsor an animal please visit Public tours, small group outings and special event space is also available at Southwest Wildlife.

Ashley Ford

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Ashley Ford is Assistant Publisher of Frontdoors Media. She can be reached at

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