Give back to Arizona wildlife this holiday season at Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center’s Holiday Enrichment Party

The Scottsdale Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is hosting a Holiday Enrichment Party on Saturday, December 10 at 10 a.m. to give guests the opportunity to share in the holiday spirit with black bears, lions, mountains and coatimundis through safe and rewarding activities.

Over the past 28 years, Southwest Wildlife has rescued, rehabilitated, and provided homes for thousands of wild animals that cannot be released. The fun, outdoor event will allow guests to connect with animals at the sanctuary and give back to native Arizona wildlife alongside Southwest Wildlife’s animal care specialists and knowledgeable trail guides.

Guests can reserve a Standard or Premium table where they will work on a holiday-themed animal enrichment project that will encourage the sanctuary animals to have fun and engage in wild behaviors while brightening their day. Past projects have included special tubes filled with flavors and treats, candy boxes covered in ribbons and bows, special bear pies and more.

Once all the projects are complete, guests can hike the sanctuary with a trained and knowledgeable trail guide and watch the animals enjoy their special holiday treats. Guests seated at Premium tables will be able to safely enter animal enclosures and place enrichment projects themselves for black bears, mountain lions and coatimundis to find and enjoy. Animals are randomly assigned to Premium and Standard tables. 2020 12 12 SWW Animal Enrichment-92.jpg

“Bears, cougars and coatimundis are an incredibly special part of our family here at Southwest Wildlife. It’s important to us to provide them with the most rewarding lifestyles to make their days more interesting,” says Robin Wilson, Events Coordinator for the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. “What more special way to get into the holiday spirit by involving the community in their enrichment, while giving back to our wildlife.”

There are only eight tables available for this event: four Premium tables and four Standard tables. Premium tables are $250 and standard tables are $150. Each table can accommodate a maximum of six people.

Reserve a table to claim a spot for you and your friends and family at the Holiday Enrichment Party here. For more information visit southwildlife.org

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