A voice for wildlife and wild places since 1992

Our vision is a world where all wild animals have a right to flourish, regardless of their utility to humans. Our mission is to protect wildlife and their habitats in the Southwest through grassroots advocacy and on-the-ground restoration projects.


Mexican Wolf count indicates that true recovery is distant

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A Long Way to Go Illegal killings, insufficient releases, and Trump’s wall pose existential threats to small population SANTA FE, NM—Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revealed that 131 Mexican gray wolves survive in the wilds of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona.

SWEC Joins Lawsuit to Stop More Border Wall in NM, AZ

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 Southwest Environmental Center Joins Lawsuit to Stop Proposed New Border Wall in New Mexico Lawsuit aims to prevent the diversion of military funds for wall construction.

Talk: Living with Snakes 4/10/19

Living with Snakes: How to Coexist with Our Friends in the Desert Fun and informative presentation at the Southwest Environmental Center

New Mexico is Now the Third State in the US to Ban Coyote Killing Contests

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New Mexico Bans Destructive Coyote-killing Contests Governor Lujan Grisham Signs Bill Abolishing Organized Killing of Coyotes for Prizes, Entertainment  

Defense Funding Would Wall Off Nearly Half of New Mexico's International Border

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More Border Walls are Headed for New Mexico The Southwest Environmental Center speaks out against use of military funds for border wall construction.