Become a TBZ docent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Zoo is recruiting volunteers for the 2018 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 […]

Second ‘BARKtoberfest’ draws a crowd to TBZ

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The second “BARKtoberfest” pet adoption event recently took place in the Berson Learning Center parking lot at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. The event raised funds for participating animal shelters and rescue groups, and resulted in a number of pet adoptions with additional applications pending. Donating their time to make […]

‘BARKtoberfest’ pet adoption event returning to Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Meet adoptable dogs and cats while supporting local animal shelters and rescue groups during the second “BARKtoberfest.” The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Turtle Back Zoo’s Berson Education Center, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. Attendees are encouraged to bring their […]

RWJ Medical School dedicates bench at zoo

RWJ Medical School dedicates bench at zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Doctors and students from the Women’s Health Initiative at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School joined Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. at Turtle Back Zoo on Sept. 18 when they dedicated a bench at the wolf exhibit. The institute gave this gift to thank the zoo for partnering with it to […]

12th annual Senior Wellness Day to be Sept. 26

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 12th annual Essex County Senior Wellness Day will be Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. This free event is sponsored by AAA and ShopRite. “We are planning a fun-filled day of activities and will be providing a great […]

RWJBarnabas to host ‘Devils 5K Run’ in WO

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The inaugural RWJBarnabas Health “Running with the Devils 5K Run and Family Fun Walk” in partnership with the New Jersey Devils, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Turtle Back Zoo and South Mountain Reservoir in West Orange. The charitable race and day of family fun will benefit RWJBarnabas Health’s […]

TBZ to construct new Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit

TBZ to construct new Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced on Aug. 16 that construction was under way for the new Shores of Africa Penguin Exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo. The African penguins will join the giraffes, lions and hyenas in the African Adventure, bringing all of Turtle Back’s animals from the largest continent […]