If the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is where you go to see live wildlife, and the International Wildlife Museum is where you go to see stuffed wildlife, the Tucson Wildlife Center is where you go to help injured wildlife.
Wildlife rescue is what they do at Tucson Wildlife Center. So far this year (September 2014), TWC has received over a thousand injured or abandoned wild animals. Their motto: Rescue – Rehabilitate – Release.
The Center has 4 full-time ambulances that are available 24/7 to rescue all kinds of wildlife and bring them to the Center’s new state-of-the-art animal hospital for surgery or other treatment. Then the highly trained volunteer staff, under the supervision of volunteer veterinarians and other professionals, works - sometimes for weeks - to care for and rehabilitate injured critters. Ultimately the Center’s goal is to release their patients back into the wild from which they came … if they believe the animals can survive in their natural environment.
The Tucson Wildlife Center receives between 5,000 and 7,000 calls per year regarding injured or abandoned wildlife. These calls come from law enforcement, golf courses, ranchers and homeowners. They ask the Center, for example, to come pick up a javelina that was hit by a car, or a hawk with a broken wing, or a coyote that has been poisoned. Sometimes the call is for newborns, like bobcat twins Jack & Jill, who were abandoned by their mother.