Backyard Discoveries: Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Just south of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is Liberty Wildlife – a hidden gem, nestled away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and planes flying overhead.

I can’t remember this owl’s name and I feel like he’s judging me for it.

Liberty Wildlife is wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center, that specializes in avian, reptile, amphibian and small mammal species. Though they are kept busy caring for animals seven days a week, they open to the public on Wednesday, Saturdays and Sunday for us curious visitors.

This lil’ guy had part of his left wing amputated. 🙁 The hardest part of visiting Liberty Wildlife is hearing what happened to some of these guys before they arrived.

Tips to Know Before You Go to Liberty Wildlife:

  • As mentioned above, the visiting window is limited each week. The facility is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Admission is very reasonable! Adult – $6, Seniors (65+) & Veterans – $5,   Children K-12 – $4  and Children Under 4 – Free admission.

A feeding demonstration with one of their Bald Eagles, Sonora.

  • Primarily, you’ll be seeing the birds that they are rehabbing or now live at their facility. They also have a couple big windows that let you catch a glimpse into the rescue rooms, where they work on and keep other animals that they take in.
  • If you visit earlier in the day, you have a better chance of catching their programs and feedings – where you get a closer look and learn more about the wildlife that they rescue.

Sonora was full of sass.

  • If you come upon an injured wild animal (no matter how small), you can call their Wildlife Hotline at 480-998-5550 for further assistance and information about animal drop-off and tours. The Hotline is manned to return calls from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • Consider them for your next creative event or party idea! They actually had a kids’ birthday party going on the day that we visited.

Aside from just enjoying seeing all the birds at Liberty Wildlife, I was impressed by how knowledgeable the staff and volunteers are and how good they are with the animals. You can tell that they truly care about conservation and their work.

Having a bit of an afternoon snooze.

It’s worth noting that they are a non-profit and could use your support in a number of ways! Check out their website for more information on how you can donate, visit their facility, attend one of their upcoming events or even volunteer.

This is a Golden Eagle adorably puffing up her feathers so they lay back down in a way that would impress her audience of admirers, said a staff member.

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  1. This is an amazing thing that they are doing and their work should be appreciated. Glad you shared!

    • waitingforrain28

      you’re welcome! and i agree – they do truly great work. 🙂

  2. Erica

    Wow you got some really cool pics! This sounds like a great experience, and I love that they operate primarily as a rescue centre rather than a tourist attraction.

    • waitingforrain28

      thank you! and yes, they are really focused on rescue, conservation and education.

  3. Beautiful photos! This is a great source for people that may not know about the rescue center. I wonder how a birthday party would be here…

    • waitingforrain28

      haha, i think it’s a great place for kids of all ages to learn – but the little kids really seemed to be enjoying themselves!

  4. Is there any reason why they seem to rescue a lot of raptors? Or do you just like the raptors more 😀

    • waitingforrain28

      the raptors are beautiful birds! but unfortunately it just seems like those are brought in more frequently.

  5. This seems like such a fantastic experience! I’m a big advocate for ethical animal interaction and am happy to see you supporting such a wonderful place.

    • waitingforrain28

      thank you! here are nightborn travel we love to see the same thing.

  6. Haha I love that Sonora was sassy! I love excursions that give to a big cause.

    • waitingforrain28

      she was giving her caretaker so much attitude – it was great. 😀

  7. This is great. Thank you! I’m a bit of a bird nerd and just love these sorts of parks. I will definitely have to check it out!

    • waitingforrain28

      next time you’re in phoenix you definitely should – especially if you’re a bird nerd, haha.

  8. Love this! <3 <3 I have never been to wildlife rehab ccenter but I'm sure they're better than usualy zoos and the like. I love that they are not open for visitors everyday, too but allow them to visits these amazing creatures as well.

  9. We fly in and out of Sky Harbor all the time to visit my sister and her family in Phoenix. I had no idea this wildlife rehabilitation center existed, and will now work to fit in a visit the next time we’re in Phoenix!

  10. Sounds like a lovely place to visit! I’ve never been to a wildlife rehabilitation center, although at such a reasonable price I should probably get on that! That’s awesome that the volunteers and staff are so knowledgable

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