See Ways You Can Help the AZGFD Wildlife Center
December 1, 2015
Once a year, the Arizona Game and Fish Department opens its Wildlife Center to the public. This year, the free, family friendly event welcomed visitors in late November to get a glimpse into the center's operations, see wildlife up close, view educational displays, make wildlife-related crafts and meet wildlife experts.
More than 30 years ago, Arizona Game and Fish opened the first state-run wildlife rehabilitation and education center in the nation. Since then, the center has provided wildlife triage, treatment and rehabilitation to more than 30,000 sick or injured animals and delivered wildlife education programs to millions of people at events and schools.
Its original focus, when founded in 1983, was on treating and rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife. While the center still continues to provide care to wild animals, it focuses heavily on educating the public about Arizona's diverse native wildlife and managing the desert tortoise adoption program.
Ultimately, the center strives to rehabilitate wildlife for return to the wild, but in instances where an animal cannot be re-released, the center may use them as educational wildlife ambassadors.
The center is operated by the Department with a small budget from the Heritage Fund, a voter-passed initiative that provides for wildlife conservation and education through Arizona lottery ticket sales. It also receives some financial and volunteer support from the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Auxiliary (www.azwildlifecenter.net) and depends on public support. The following donations are always very welcome:
• Paper towels
• Plastic storage bags (quart or gallon)
• Laundry bleach
• Heavy-duty trash bags (30-33 gallon)
• Tall kitchen trash bags (13 gallon)
• Gift cards to grocery and hardware stores
• Game meat (good quality, not freezer burned), and
• Monetary contributions
The wildlife center is located north of Pinnacle Peak Road just west of I-17 in Phoenix. The address is 2800 W. Pinnacle Peak Road. It is on the same property as the Adobe Mountain School. For more information about the wildlife center, visit http://www.azgfd.gov/wildlifecenter.