This will be a tremendous milestone for Liberty Wildlife and has been a longtime dream of the foundation. The new sustainable facility will enable Liberty to better serve the needs of Arizona’s citizens and wildlife as we continue to grow and expand in the state.
The 15,000-square-foot facility will house Liberty’s new headquarters, including an administration building, event area, educational building, wildlife hospital, surgery and intensive care center, X-ray facility, conference room, native educational mammal and reptile pavilions, a resource library, flight cages, training enclosures and a feather repository for Native Americans, one of only two in the United States. The campus will also include flight enclosures and habitats, and is slated to begin construction in the summer of 2014.
The campus will be a tourist destination in itself. The building’s design will be aesthetically compatible with and complement the natural environment and surroundings of the area while emphasizing green building techniques throughout the project. Sustainable initiatives will include, but are not limited to, water retention methods, native arid landscaping, solar techniques, added shade to areas where it’s non-existent, purchasing local building materials and carpool initiatives.
Additionally, the facility will be open to the public, as our current facility cannot accommodate large groups of visitors. This will allow the foundation to host on-site demonstrations, workshops and rehabilitation programs that will help support community and educationally driven initiatives.
The focus is to engineer and build an environmentally sound building and to utilize that building as an educational tool for the community. Architects are working hand in hand with Liberty and are committed to building an environmentally conscious, yet friendly facility that will allow Liberty to minimize operating costs and resource consumption with minimal impact to the environment.
Further, the new facility will allow Liberty Wildlife to offer residencies, internships and other advanced learning opportunities and onsite educational classes to complement its already extensive outreach programs. Additional benefits of the facility will also allow for more youth volunteer opportunities, centralized access for the community, expanded science and conservation consultations, and the ability to comfortably accommodate the growing number of native wildlife that come into the facility each year. Liberty takes in approximately 4,000 animals annually, and that number continues to grow.
A strategic capital fundraising campaign is underway to fund the completion of Liberty’s new headquarters. The main focus is continuing to create and maximize further awareness of Liberty Wildlife among individuals, corporations and Arizona businesses, through its extensive educational, rehabilitation, conservation and outreach programs.
For additional information on Liberty Wildlife, volunteer opportunities, donations or its capital fundraising campaign, visit www.libertywildlife.org.