Former North State Senator Donates Funds For Animal Recovery Center

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is thrilled to announce plans to build a new state-of-the-art Animal Recovery Center (ARC) inside Wildlife Woods at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, California, thanks to a generous $200,000 donation from former Senator Maurice and his wife, Marianne Johannessen.

This multi-use care facility will provide the much needed space for animals that need periodic breaks from their public habitats. The ARC will also offer guests the opportunity to experience young animals in a nursery room environment, along with offering a designated area for local veterinarians to perform treatments onsite. The new ARC is expected to improve the organization’s acclimation process for a growing variety of animal species during their required quarantine period.

CEO Michael Warren: “We feel extremely fortunate to have benefactors like Maurice and Marianne Johannessen supporting Turtle Bay and our animal department. All of our animals are non-releasable and require human care and protection. As a result of the Johannessen’s generosity, our staff will now have a state-of-the-art recovery center to better serve these animals for years to come.”

Construction on the new facility will start in Spring of 2018 and completion is expected in 6-8 months. Updates will be posted online at

Check out the video that tells more about the project.

Senator Maurice and Marianne Johannessen Donated $200K to Build a New Animal Recovery Center for Turtle Bay Exploration Park! We are so lucky to have caring people like this in our community. ??To learn more about this and other stories at Turtle Bay visit:

Posted by Tyler Whitlow on Friday, January 12, 2018


-from press release
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7 Responses

  1. Avatar K. Beck says:

    This is badly needed at TB. The animals there have cages that are too small (I especially don’t like the fish exhibits!). One day last summer, while walking around there, I came upon a huge white “parrot” in a small portable cage sitting out in the sun. It clearly had some medical problems because it was missing a bunch of feathers. Did they put it back there and then forgot about it? When you see animals pacing back and forth, endlessly, in their cages, it is a bad sign.

  2. Avatar john says:

    I did not know Maurice was still a Senator and not a former Senator.