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Pelicans in the desert? You betcha!

The monsoons will be here soon! What that means for Tucson Wildlife Center is that it’s time to prepare for pelicans. You heard that right! Believe it or not, we rescue pelicans. During the summer, seabirds can get lost after being blown off their migration course and wind up in the desert.

This was the case for last year’s seabird patient, a brown pelican, who was discovered exhausted and dehydrated on Frontage road near the highway. After being corralled by local police, Tucson Wildlife Center’s rescue team was able to capture and transport the bird to the wildlife hospital for emergency medical treatment. After dozens of fish and plenty of rest, the pelican was driven to San Diego for release on the Pacific Ocean.

It’s perfectly normal to see a white pelican in southern Arizona while they migrate, but brown pelicans need a bit of help! If you see a brown pelican in Southern Arizona, give us a call so we can provide emergency treatment before transporting the pelican to the ocean.

Volunteers needed!

Summer is here and Tucson Wildlife Center is quickly approaching 3,000 rescues since the beginning of the year! Once again, we are putting out a request for dedicated volunteers to help with the care of these animals until they are ready to be released back into the wild.

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, please click on the above tab labeled “how to help”, slide down to “volunteer” fill out and submit the volunteer application. We will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours. Tucson Wildlife Center cannot do what we do without the help of people like you.

Presently, there is a need in all departments, so do not be shy, submit the volunteer application. Thank you in advance for helping us provide the best possible care for Southern Arizona’s sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.




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