About the Southwest Wildlife Foundation, Inc.


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Founded in September 1997, the SWF or (Southwest Wildlife Foundation) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit  public organization, to provide wildlife rehabilitation and to promote wildlife education.

Mission Statement

           "The Southwest Wildlife Foundation is dedicated to wildlife rescue, wildlife and environmental education."

     The SWF cares for more than 50 sick, injured & orphaned native wildlife each year. 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 Nature Center can provide them with a permanent home in a natural setting while enhancing your educational experience when visiting the park.

     With its focus on wildlife and environmental education, the SWF  provides    approximately 100 programs, reaching over 30, 000 people annually.

     In October 2000, Rocky Mountain Power, formerly Utah Power, donated 22.6  majestic      canyon acres in Cedar City, Utah to create a permanent wildlife rescue facility and nature park.   Nestled         between beautiful red sandstone mountains, it sits on the transition point between the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin.

     In the Spring of 2003 a paved walking and bicycle trail was built through this property with matching funds from Utah Division of Parks and Recreation and Cedar city, connecting the 23 acre nature park area to the city's existing trail system.

     In 2004 the National Park Service awarded a technical assistance "grant' to plan and build support for the development of the Southwestern Utah Nature Center.

     Boy Scouts from Utah and Nevada have worked on a number of projects which include rehabilitation facilities, program areas, and signs for the property.

     In 2002 the George S. and Dolores Dore` Eccles Foundation donated a vehicle to assist with the transportation needs of both the educational outreach programs and wildlife rehabilitation and continue to assist with the expenses of providing educational outreach programs.

      We are currently working on a capital campaign to build a visitors center, where visitors can receive information, and experience exhibits and programs on wildlife, plants, the environment and  natural history.

Donations are appreciated!

Board of Directors

Rodger Chambers, President
Lisa Hendrickson, Vice President
Susan Tyner, Secretary
Mark Browne, Treasurer
Martin Tyner, Founder & CEO,
Director of wildlife rehabilitation & education
Steve Miner, Board Member
Tim Cretsinger, Board Member
Helen Russo, Board Member


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