at Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Red Fox - Found as orphan in the spring of 2011 at only 4 weeks old. Being an invasive species Loki could not be released back into the wild, and came to Turtle Bay at 6 weeks of age
Bobcat - She was found orphaned near an oil rigger in Kansas at only two weeks old. Kansas law says to euthanize, but the local zoo saved her and sent her to us as an ambassador for her species in our educational programs.
American Badger - Found as an orphan along the road in Oregon, Digger arrived at Turtle Bay in 2011 at about 5 months of age. He is the smartest mammal that the Turtle Bay trainer’s have trained and learns new behaviors in as little as one or two sessions. Digger made his national debut on television playing Bucky the Badger on the hit show New Girl in spring 2013.
More information on Slinky coming soon!
Striped Skunk - Found on a driveway in Shingletown at only 3 weeks old, dehydrated and emaciated. During rehabilitation it was discovered she had a neurological problem. She came to Turtle Bay at 8 weeks old on 6/20/2013 and was raised by the trainers.
Gray Fox - Was taken from the den at only a few days old and raised the first three months in someone’s living room with domestic cats and dogs. She was then given up to Fish and Game in 2008 and her permanent home is now here at Turtle Bay as she cannot be released.
Burrowing Owl - Came to us on November 25, 2013 from the Lindsay Wildlife Center. He had flown into a barbed wire fence and tore a ligament in his wing, preventing him from having full flight.
Umbrella Cockatoo - Was donated to the Tracy Aviary January, 1995 by someone who no longer wanted her. Her name was Bosco. Her name was changed to Monroe for Marilyn Monroe. She joined us at Turtle Bay in 2010.
Laughing Kookaburra - Hatched at the Tracy Aviary in Utah June 2004 (raised by Sharon herself!). Kinta came to Turtle Bay in August 2011.
Yellow-Billed Magpie - Arrived at Turtle Bay in June 2016 as a young imprint.
Golden Eagle - Arrived at Turtle Bay on Valentine’s Day 2014. She cannot fly as she is missing the tip of her right wing as it was severed off by a wind turbine. This is a common problem for migrating birds. Although wind power is a renewable resource, we need to find a way to make it safe for birds.
Crested Caracara - She was hit by a semi-truck outside of Austin, Texas and stuck on the front grille for 100 miles. She only has partial flight due to a broken wing. Her name means lucky in Spanish. She arrived at Turtle Bay on May 2, 2012.
More information on Ned coming soon!
Barn Owl - Hatched in human care at the Raptor Project in New York. He was hand raised and sent to Turtle Bay on Aug 20, 2008 at 8 weeks of age. He is a human imprint.
Red-Tailed Hawk - Was hit by a car, and is now blind in her left eye. This affects her depth perception, so she cannot survive on her own in the wild.
Sulfer-Crested Cockatoo - He was purchased from a pet store as a nestling in 1984. He arrived at Turtle Bay in April, 2008.
Turkey Vulture - Being shot in the wing, Buzz was left with minimal flight ability and came to Turtle Bay in 2004.
California Desert Tortoise - We do not know his exact history, however most likely someone captured him and kept him as a pet. He was malnourished and his shell became deformed due to lack proper nutrients. He also had a respiratory disease common to captive desert tortoises so we cannot release him.
Mountain Kingsnake - Stolen from the wild and kept as a pet as a young snake. Unwanted years later, he was acquired Jan 2015.
Jungle Carpet Python - Daintree came to us in December 2011 at about 2.5 years of age. She is from the Staten Island Zoo in New York. She is named after a large wildlife preserve in Northern Queensland where the jungle carpet python can be found.
Regina & Princess
California Common Kingsnake - Regina is believed to be taken from the wild and kept as pets before being sent to Turtle Bay. Princess is the offspring of Regina, hatched July 22, 2013.
More information on Chase coming soon!
Rosy Boa - Baja came to Turtle Bay in December 2011 as a sub-adult
Chuckwalla - Wedge was hatched in human care and came to us as a baby in 2009.
Gopher Snake - Donated as a former pet. Chico is the subspecies Pacific gopher snake which encompasses a large part of Northwestern California.
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake - Was found in an office building in Redding.
More information on Tarantula coming soon!
Emperor Scorpion - Was hatched at the Blank Park Zoo.