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Donation funds new Turtle Bay animal recovery center

Red Fox at Turtle Bay Exploration

The Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding received a $200,000 donation to help build a new Animal Recovery Center (ARC) from former state Senator Maurice Johannessen and his wife, Marianne Johannessen.

The new multi-use care facility will help give more space for animals, provide an area for local veterinarians to perform treatments, and offer guests the chance to view young animals in a nursery room environment.

According to Turtle Bay's CEO, Michael Warren, the donation will help better serve animals for years to come.

"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," said Warren.

Turtle Bay's Curator of Animal Programs, Sharon Clay said the donation will help them take better care of the animals.

"We were always giving them great care but it was very difficult. And this is going to make the animals life easier to take care of making their lives so much better when they need that, that extra, just extra little TLC, that extra help, that extra recovery," said Clay.

The 900 square-foot building will be built in Turtle Bay's Wildlife Woods. Construction will begin Spring of 2018 and is expected to be complete in 6-8 months.

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