A bald eagle, bobcat, ringtail, birds and reptiles …What better way to spend the weekend than seeing all of this wildlife and more? The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center will be hosting a free open house for the public on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10-3 p.m. daily.

During this rare glimpse into the center’s operations, visitors will have the opportunity to see wildlife up close, view educational displays and meet wildlife experts.

The Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center is a wildlife triage, treatment and rehabilitation facility operated by Game and Fish in cooperation with the nonprofit Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center Auxiliary. Its original focus, when founded in 1983, was on treating and rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife. It is funded by the Heritage Fund, a voter-passed initiative that provides for wildlife conservation and education through Arizona lottery ticket sales.

Although the center continues to provide immediate triage and rehabilitation services—more than 1,000 sick or injured animals are brought to the facility annually—emphasis has shifted more toward wildlife education. Staff and volunteers conduct educational outreach programs at events and schools across the state, reaching more than 100,000 Arizonans a year.

The Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center is located north of Pinnacle Peak Road just west of I-17 in Phoenix. It is on the same property as the Adobe Mountain Juvenile Detention Center. Officers and volunteers will be giving directions for parking once at the facility.

Admission and parking for the open house are free, and food will be available for purchase.

For more information about the Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center, go online to www.azgfd.gov/wildlifecenter.

Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department

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