Wild at Heart in Cave Creek is an all-volunteer wild bird sanctuary that takes in injured and orphaned birds. It’s dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey back into their natural environment. Co-Directors Bob Fox and his wife Sam share a compassionate attitude about the process.
“Even though birds may be damaged and not releasable doesn’t mean they’re not functional,” said Fox. “We have a number of birds here as our foster parents. Some, you know, have partial amputations, some have bad, bad legs. But they’re really good parents.”
It’s this unique approach that has led to the care of more than 600 birds annually. With numbers like that, the one acre Wild at Heart currently occupies is becoming a little crowded. An expansion to a larger area would provide room for more birds and easier access for the public.
Because right now, it’s a bit off the beaten path.
“The idea is to create an environment, a center that’s really gonna benefit the public,” said Fox of the expansion.
Yvette Molina has been volunteering at Wild at Hear for the past year. “Bob, he lives to educate people on what they do. And so that will just provide more room for bigger groups to come in I think,” said Molina of the expansion.
“There’s a number of things that really motivate what we do,” said Fox. “One of them, of course, is the fact that when we get to see a bird released it makes us, it’s a very positive experience.”
The potential expansion would add four acres to the facility, allowing them to continue their success in preserving Arizona’s natural wild life.