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BEHIND THE SCENES SPOTLIGHT: John, Wildlife Care Volunteer / Animal Intake Specialist

For many people, being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Arizona Army National Guard would be enough service work. But for John, it was just a start. His first introduction to Tucson Wildlife Center was after finding an orphaned baby quail in his garden. “I brought the quail to TWC and was so thankful for the care they extended that I decided to give back a little of my time as gratitude. That was over a year ago and I have volunteered ever since. Recently, a paid position came available, and I am pleased to continue working at TWC as an animal intake specialist.”

John’s commitment to our natural environment also extends to gardening and creating sustainable permaculture. His backyard is so lush that his neighbors commonly refer to it as “the rainforest.” John has planted 30 different species of fruit trees, including Mango, Pomegranate, Passionfruit, and Jaboticaba (or Brazilian grape tree), a unique tree with fruit growing on its trunk. “Gardening and creating sustainable permaculture are my ways of leaving a place better than when I found it.”

Tucson Wildlife Center is proud to recognize John as an invaluable member of our dedicated wildlife care team, and we thank him for his continued service and for his service to our country.

Caring for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife requires a collaborative network of rehabilitators, volunteers, and caring citizens. If you would like to aid TWC’s efforts, please consider volunteering by contacting or making a donation by clicking this link

And, just a reminder … for all who shop online at Amazon, please shop through AmazonSmile and register Tucson Wildlife Center as your designated Charity. We appreciate it, as will all the wild animals in our care!

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