Maplewood passes resolution against zoo expansion

West Orange Town Council plans to draft resolution against expanding the zoo's footprint

Maplewood passes resolution against zoo expansion

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — County residents continue to voice opposition to the Turtle Back Zoo amphitheater proposed by County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. earlier this summer, with several towns speaking out against the project. The Maplewood Township Committee passed a resolution at its Aug. 6 meeting asking the county to suspend expansion of the Aug. […]

WOPL, TBZ to present ‘Animal Habitats’

WOPL, TBZ to present ‘Animal Habitats’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Library and Turtle Back Zoo will present “Animal Habitats” on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at the library, 46 Mt. Pleasant Ave. Learn about animals from all different habitats around the globe and how they survive. You might even get to meet one or two! Space […]

TBZ, other local projects to see state spending freeze

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — On June 30, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act into law. The budget lacked the governor’s long-supported millionaire’s tax, which had been vehemently opposed by N.J. Senate President Stephen Sweeney. While Murphy seemingly lost the fight for a millionaire’s tax, he hit back with Executive Order No. […]

County collects more than 13.5 tons of food to donate

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With 88,397 visitors, the 12th annual Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular at Turtle Back Zoo collected more than 13.5 tons of non-perishable food, clothing and toys for those in need. “It is humbling to see the large number of items dropped off at the Holiday Lights Spectacular to assist the less […]

2019 deer management program begins this month in reservations

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Essex County has released the plans for the 2019 Essex County Deer Management Program in South Mountain and Hilltop reservations. This is the 12th year of the program, which is geared toward revitalizing the forest ecology by reducing the number of deer. “Controlling the population by removing deer from South Mountain […]

Camp New Day holds holiday event at TBZ

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Camp New Day, a dedicated group of volunteers who support a close-knit group of approximately 50 adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in northern New Jersey, held a special winter event at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange on Dec. 9. High school volunteers included students from Seton Hall Prep, […]

Become a docent at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Zoo is recruiting volunteers for the 2019 docent class. Docents are volunteer educators who give educational talks, act as tour guides, and are stationed throughout the zoo to provide information to visitors about the zoo and its animal collection. This is a highly selective volunteer position and training is […]

Area shutterbugs take home awards for photographing county parks

ROSELAND, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. presented awards to the nine winners in the Anual Essex County Parks Photography Contest. Winners were awarded in Adult and Youth categories and were recognized on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. “We congratulate the winners of the Essex County Parks […]

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