Full report page: Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Backyard Zoos, like the Southwest Wildlife Conservations Center remove animals from their natural birthplaces and companions, and confine them in unnatural surroundings. Justifications they include are the exact same arguments that all zoos give such as: 1)“they show us animals we normally wouldn’t see” 2)“we help rehabilitate animals” 3)“we are all about education”; and 4)“they are an important educational tool in preserving endangered species.”
At the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, everything is an outright lie, beginning with its name — they are nothing but a “zoo” which chose to name itself “The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center” in order to signal virtue and mislead naïve, paying tourists. This is according to the consumer advocacy website Ripoff Report, which has been around for over two decades. The Ripoff Report did a full investigation and exposé on The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center facility, and presented proof that it is a “zoo.”
This zoo imprisons hundreds of animals on its 5-acre parcel in the backyard of a home in a residential neighborhood. Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center DOES NOT mimic its animals natural environment. A perfect example is the case in where the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center recently had both an arctic wolf and an arctic fox bears and wolves all on display in small outdoor cages, year-round in ARIZONA, where in 2020, there were over 50 days where the temperature met or exceeded 110F. Its considered animal cruelty to leave your pet outside in this weather so how does SWCC get away with hundreds of wild animals in cages? At very least, they should be in a colder, northern climate (from where they were captured) where animals at least would suffer less.
While it’s true that most of us will never witness a polar bear, arctic fox, bear, bobcat or mountain lion in natural habitat — most of us will also never see indigenous human tribes of Central America or Australia, either. Does this mean we ought to put them in CAGES in the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center to “educate” ourselves? Alternatively, why should we believe all animals do not deserve the same respect we show to other human beings?
Children and adults do not need to see imprisoned animals to be “educated” about them. A young child who loves animals can probably tell you more about a dinosaur than an elephant; you don’t need to lock up a dinosaur in a cage to learn about them. Showing caged wild animals to children sends the wrong message about how humans should treat wild animals, let alone the extreme climate conditions in which they are kept.
Moreover, what will see at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is by no means an animal behaving normally, including the video above, actually taken at SWCC. These and other caged animals are captive, restrained, and are all far from their natural habitat.
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center has breeding and repopulation initiatives so that baby animas are produced to attract and amuse new paying customers. Southwest Wildlife prides itself on helping re-populate the grey wolf population they state on their own website “The goal of the program is to breed and reintroduce this rare wolf to its former range.”
Breeding animals only to keep them in captivity makes no sense. Their wolves are also not even “rare” as the grey wolf is no longer considered an endangered species according to a conclusive report written by biological diversity experts at the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington DC. Clearly, Linda Searles, the owner of Southwest Wildlife will tell tourists to get their money, as this zoo appears to be her only source of income. The fact that they chose to cage these animals in the hottest part of the United States tells you everything you need to know about how much they “care” and “love animals.”
The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is quite a spectacle of human domination and cruelty. It’s also very rare that an animal raised in any zoo such as Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center ever gets to live a normal life, since The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center can’t easily profit from animals not living within their small cages.
Ethical, humane and caring philosophy opposes any kind of animal confinement and imprisonment, and any sites where animals are forced to be on display to earn their keep, such as those at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.
How clueless are these zoo owners? For the past decade, The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center advertises the fact that you can “eat a catered 4-course meal “just a few feet away” while staring at their imprisoned animals!! Apparently the animals will howl and cry in misery while staring, loud humans eat in front of them which the zoo owners spin the crying which they refer to as “serenading” even stating that “it is the animal’s way of saying thanks.” Un-be-leviable. Its hard to know who is more clueless here; the zoo’s owners or the demented redneck idiots who purchase tickets for such an event? What part of consuming meat in front of hungry, wild animals locked up in cages is supposed to be ‘enjoyable’ to a sane human being?
Obviously, don’t patronize this phony conservation center. Additionally, here is a list of businesses and individuals (plus their contact information) who financially support this cruel zoo, in case you wish to tell them how you feel about imprisoned wild animals being kept in a life-threatening climate for the purposes of 1) display, 2) entertainment, 4) fundraising and 5) tourism.
Animal cruelty Business and Corporate Sponsors:
6) My sister’s closet – THE LARGEST DONOR TO THIS CRUEL ZOO is CEO and Founder of Ann Siner. Ann “Sinner” refers to herself in her own linkedIn Profile as “a pillar in the community” (see excerpt below). She loves animals so much that she has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep them imprisoned in cages 24/7/365 in the unimaginable Arizona heat at Southwest Wildlife conservation center. Address: 5730 E JOSHUA TREE LN, PARADISE VALLEY, 85253
7) My sister’s attic – THE LARGEST DONOR TO THIS CRUEL ZOO is CEO and Founder Ann Siner. Ann “Sinner” refers to herself in her own linkedIn Profile as “a pillar in the community” (see excerpt below). She loves animals so much that she has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep animals imprisoned in cages 24/7/365 in the unimaginable Arizona heat at Southwest Wildlife conservation center. Address: 6136 N MOCKINGBIRD LN, PARADISE VALLEY, 85253
10) The Nina Mason Pulliam Trust THE SECOND LARGEST DONOR TO THIS CRUEL ZOO has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to SWCC. Nina-Mason Pulliam must be rolling over in her grave at the idiots who are giving away her money to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.
Individual sponsors of cruel animal zoos: (Members of the Board of the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, according to its website)
Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center paid staff:
Board of Directors, Chair
Anne Ruddy Address: 8770 N ARROYA GRANDE DR, PHOENIX, 85028
Christine Kovach Address: 9525 N 131ST ST, SCOTTSDALE, 85259 NOTE: Picture in street view is incorrect, but address IS correct
Linda Moore Address: 8711 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85255
Mark Finke Address: 6255 E ARROYO RD, CAVE CREEK, 85331
Damon Bruns Address: 46135 N 43RD AVE, NEW RIVER, 85087
Mark DiBrito Address: 4546 E EVERETT DR, PHOENIX, 85032
Paul Diefenderfer Address: 700 W AZALEA DR, CHANDLER, 85248
Sam Coppersmith Address: 3138 N 53rd Pl, Phoenix, AZ 85018 NOTE: Picture in street view is incorrect, but address IS correct
Stephanie Whitlow Address: 4364 E SELENA DR, PHOENIX, 85050
Linda Searles owner of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
“Executive Director/Research” (I wonder what kind of “research” she conducts on these animals?) Address: 8711 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona, 85255
Director of Planning and Development
Kim Carr, Animal Care Manager UNLICENSED Address: 8007 E GRANADA RD, SCOTTSDALE, 85257
Lynne Stone, Animal Care Specialist UNLICENSED
Gray Wirtanen, Animal Care Specialist UNLICENSED Address: 425 E FILLMORE ST, TEMPE, 85281
Chelsea Lee-Wilkins, Animal Care Specialist UNLICENSED
Hillary Cummens, Animal Care Specialist UNLICENSED Address: 6018 E DOLOMORA PL, CAVE CREEK, 85331
Clinic Manager/Veterinary Technician
James O’Brien Address: 13300 E VIA LINDA 1060, SCOTTSDALE, 85259
Khymberly Lewus Address: 28903 N 205TH DR, WITTMANN, 85361
Robyn Moul, “Education Specialist” Address: 2521 E RIDGE CREEK RD, PHOENIX, 85024
Jamie Haas, “Education Assistant”
Events and Volunteer Coordinator
Robin Wilson Address: 16420 N THOMPSON PEAK PKWY 2020, SCOTTSDALE, 85260
Ruth Kaplan Address: 16206 E WINDSTONE TR, SCOTTSDALE, 85262
Jim Mitchell Address: 13758 W ELM ST, SURPRISE, 85374