Wildlife Urban Interface
Others, such as the Mexican gray wolf and Leonardo, are not able to be released for a variety of reasons, and these animals are used in programs to educate children and visitors to the SWCC about the role of wildlife in our world. The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) is sort of like The Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph - they provide home, sanctuary and love for creatures that don't quite fit anyplace else
and that have no place else to go. They provide a place that is the next best thing to being able to live wild and free in the animal's
natural habitat when that, for whatever reason, is no longer an option. The SWCC recently saved the life of an alpha female Mexican Gray Wolf, F1188, from New Mexico. The U. S. *At Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, founder Carole Baskin's vision is to end the abuse and abandonment of captive exotic animals and promote preservation of the species in the wild. According to Baskin, this educational sanctuary strives to give the cats "the best care we can while. educating the public on the plight of these animals so that some day there will be no need for a sanctuary to exist.