The animal programs at Turtle Bay inspire, create connections, and foster appreciation for the diversity and magnificence of wildlife through conservation, education and entertainment.  Come out to Turtle Bay and experience first-hand our animal friends!

All of the animals at Turtle Bay are non-releasable and most are rescue. You will see over 64 different species of animals at the Park. Most of these animals are native to North America and Redding in particular.

Walk on the Wild Side Animal Show 

May 27 - September 4, 2017
11:00am & 12:00pm

In our fun, educational Wildlife Show, you will get an up-close personal experience with many of our animal ambassadors.  Mainly rescues, these animals have been given a new lease on life as they inspire wonder and appreciation in our guests.  Guests will experience a raccoon using her dexterous digits to open a jar while a raven solves some puzzles.  Dispelling many myths, a badger saunters across the stage as a vulture flies only inches over heads.

Behind the Scenes 

Daily at 2:30pm

Do you want to get the inside scoop, get a peek behind the curtain, get a Turtle's-eye view of the Park?  We're now offering Behind the Scenes Tours! You can now experience Turtle Bay in a whole new way! Get a Behind the Scenes Tour with Timber, the beaver, at the Park - reserve your spot now! On your Behind the Scenes Tour you'll learn even more about Turtle Bay and you'll have an opportunity to meet and learn how we care for and train Timber.

Adopt-an-Animal Program 

Did you know that you can support the animals of Turtle Bay Exploration Park by making them an honorary part of your family? All animals need lots of love and support, and now you can help support the care and feeding of animals at Turtle Bay through the Adopt-an-Animal program! 

Turtle Bay’s Adopt-an-Animal program is the ultimate warm fuzzy experience and is the perfect gift for all ages. You can choose an animal to be a part of your family or to honor a loved one with the gift of knowing your contribution plays a role in feeding and supporting these cute and curious critters under the care of trained Turtle Bay staff.

All adoption levels receive a special adoption greeting card. $50 donation level also receives a Turtle Bay supporter decal. $100 donation level receives recognition on the designated animal’s Adoptive Parent’s page (coming soon). $250 donation level receives a special invitation to a meet and greet with some of Turtle Bay's animals up close and personal! The animals at Turtle Bay are not able to be released into the wild and become our Animal Ambassadors, providing our educational messaging at the Park.


Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp exhibits wild animals, many of which have been rescued and would not survive if released.  Much of Northern California's natural beauty is in its widespread forests. Forests provide habitat for many of these creatures. Turtle Bay celebrates the relationship between these magnificent forests and the animals that live there. Through forestry and animal education guests will experience the close relationships we all have to our environment.