Turtle Bay Welcomes Seven-Week-Old Beaver

Today Turtle Bay received a seven-week-old male beaver from the Minnesota Zoo located in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Three kits were born and each of them needed a new home. The male selected for Turtle Bay was chosen because of his calm demeanor. He is currently the size of a football, plus a tail, and will be raised by Turtle Bay’s Animal Care Staff until his habitat within the Museum’s Aquarium is built and completed.

Turtle Bay supporters, called Beaver Buddies, raised and contributed the funds needed for the habitat, in order to house the animal. Without the tremendous support of the community and donors involved, adding a beaver to the Park would not have been possible. Funds were raised by auction bidders at Turtle Bay’s 2014 Auction—Jeans, Jewels, & Jazz: Hooray for Hollywood—to enable Turtle Bay to refresh the Visible River aquarium by retrofitting it to allow beavers, diving ducks and other animals.

About Minnesota Zoo

Created by the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems.

About Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a fun, non-profit 300-acre gathering place featuring the Sundial Bridge, a museum, forestry & wildlife center, arboretum and botanical gardens. At the gateway to the Sacramento River Trails, Turtle Bay celebrates far Northern California as part of the world we share.

Mission: To inspire wonder, exploration, and appreciation of our world.

Vision: We envision Turtle Bay Exploration Park as a vibrant gathering place where our community is strengthened through education, cultural engagement and economic growth.

Beaver Buddies Donors

Dennis and Sherrill Bambauer
Jeff and Keri Bosworth
Carr, Kennedy, Peterson & Frost
Dr. Charles and Jean Clinkenbeard
Dennis and Susan Cowan
William W. & Juanita A. Cox
Rod and Sandy Dole
Doreeta Domke
Dutch Bros Coffee – The Resner Family
John and Betty Fitzpatraick
Jillian Fore
Dan and Barbara Ghidinelli
The Goldmart
Mark and Carrie Korth
Lee and Gloria Lopez
Kristen and Silas Lyons
Matson & Isom Certified Public Accountants
The McConnell Foundation
Bob and Sandie Morrison
Dena and Larry Moss
Georgeanna Parmely
Erik and Kristi Poole
Maggie Redmon and Theresa Muth
Donald and Susan Schepps

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