About

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Our Mission

Founded in 1997 in Cedar City Utah, we are a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, wildlife and environmental education, and the development of the Cedar Canyon Nature Park.

Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release

The Southwest Wildlife Foundation of Utah (SWF) cares for more than 100 sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife annually. Restoring them to health and returning them to the wild is our primary goal, but for those that cannot be released due to disabilities, the Cedar Canyon Nature Park (CCNP) can provide them with a permanent home in a natural setting while enhancing our visitors educational experience at the park.

Informing, Educating and Inspiring

The SWF provides over 100 educational programs reaching over 30,000 people annually. We believe providing educational outreach programs to schools, scout groups and community events, with focus on children and families, will make the greatest impact in preserving our wildlife, the environment, our public lands and our resources for future generations to enjoy.

The CCNP is 22.6 acres of beautiful canyon property donated by Pacificorp, in Cedar City, Utah. We are in the process of developing a permanent wildlife rescue facility and Nature Park for the children of Utah. Sitting on the transition point between the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin, the CCNP’s mission is focused on fostering appreciation, knowledge and wise stewardship of the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin environments, which include wildlife, botany, geology, history, and native culture.

Increased educational opportunities mean an increased awareness, knowledge and appreciation for the land we call home.

“For in the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught” Baba Diom.

Wildlife Ambassadors

Bud, Golden Eagle
Bud, Golden Eagle
Scout, Golden Eagle
Scout, Golden Eagle
 
Thumper, Harris Hawk
Thumper, Harris Hawk
Cirrus, Prairie Falcon
Cirrus, Prairie Falcon
BG, Northern Goshawk
BG, Northern Goshawk

Board of Directors

  • Martin Tyner, Founder & CEO
  • Susan Tyner, Co-founder
  • Nicole Shafer, Chairman
  • Patrick Shannon, Vice-Chairman
  • Mark Brown, Treasurer
  • Jacqualine Grant, Secretary
  • Raymond Whittier