The Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society Cactus Rescue Crew saves cacti and other native plants that would otherwise be destroyed during the development of Arizona real estate. We do not remove plants from private residences.
The TCSS Cactus Rescue Program has existed since 1999. See this newsletter where the start of the TCSS Cactus Rescue Program was announced. On October 5, 2019 there was a celebration for the 20th Anniversary of the TCSS Cactus Rescue Program.
Here are photos of that 20th Anniversary celebration.
And here are photos taken by the TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew during the years 1999 - 2019.
And here are various photos of BIG plants being rescued and planted by theTCSS Cactus Rescue Crew over the years.
Often, many viable and transplantable native plants are simply cleared away with other desert vegetation during construction. Since 1999, we have accomplished Hundreds of rescues with volunteers putting in Over 35,000 hours, and Over 100,000 native plants have been saved and provided new homes throughout Arizona. See our Rescue Odometer below for exact numbers. Plants are sold to the public at various sales through out the year (see our Cactus Rescue Sales page). These sales recover the cost of Arizona Department of Agriculture permits and tags and raise funds to further our educational efforts.
efforts are supplemental to the on-site preservation or other salvage
that may be required by the development permits and Native Plant
Protection Ordinances (NPPO).
By providing our rescued cactus at reasonable costs to the public,
we not only save these native plants, but encourage homeowners to
use native plants in their landscapes, saving water and preserving our Southern Arizona gene-pool.
To see a list of the plants currently available, visit our Rescued
How to get on our Public Cactus Sale Notification Email List (no need to do this if you are a member, because you will already be notified of all sales events):
Send an email to us (List@TucsonCactus.org) and indicate you want to be added to the Sale Notification List. We will notify you as to the type of cacti for sale and location (we use various locations). We do not have a store front location, we only sell cactus at our Public sale events. We do not ship or take orders for rescued cacti. Contact our Member Nurseries for such services.
How to join the TCSS Cactus Rescue crew:
See the membership page.
Watch this animated GIF to see how a 10 foot tall Saguaro is moved by the TCSS Cactus Rescue Crew!