The department’s Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center was founded in 1983, and the department was the first wildlife agency in the nation to include a rehabilitation program as part of its management.
The center’s mission is supported with a small budget from the department’s Heritage Fund that comes from Arizona lottery dollars. With more than 155 non-releasable animals housed at the facility, plus a large increase of animals in the spring and summer, this fund is quickly used. Fundraising and donations – everything from paper towels to game meat – are critical to the center. Volunteering is also important to keeping the center running. Anyone 18 years and older is invited to contact the Wildlife Center Auxiliary at Azwildlifecenter.net or call (623) 582-9806 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
The Wildlife Center cares for more than 1,000 sick and injured native wildlife annually and provides wildlife education programs to hundreds of thousands of public members each year.