Escondido museum in need of funds to repair beloved woolly mammoth

Posted at 6:08 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 21:08:36-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) - Built on curiosity and the passion of volunteers, the Roynon Museum of Earth Science and Paleontology has been explored by thousands of children.

Located in Escondido, the exhibit first began in the warehouse of Keith Roynon and his wife. They turned it into a nonprofit and now have a permanent location in the city. 

Roynon has cultivated an attachment to the thousands of specimens on display, some he found as a child.

On Monday a staff member discovered their beloved Woolly the Mammoth broke off the wall.

While mounted properly, staff believes the old building couldn't support the nearly 100-pound replica skull.

Because they are a nonprofit, the museum says it cannot afford the $3,000 repair costs.

They're asking for help from the community.

"Any amount will help, $5 or $10, whatever you have - it all adds up," said Sherry Bauer, the museum's Director of Education.

Ways to donate:

  • Online
  • In person - 457 East Grand Avenue, Suites 1-3, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Send a check to the museum