Essex Ed forecasts an early spring

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County announced that Essex Ed, resident groundhog at the Turtle Back Zoo, did not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, Friday, Feb. 2. The Groundhog Day legend states that if the groundhog does not see his shadow, warmer spring weather will arrive earlier. In addition, Essex Ed predicted the New […]

TBZ reaches record attendance in 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Turtle Back Zoo finished 2017 with an all-time record attendance of 907,522. This is the first time that attendance eclipsed the 900,000 mark and the 13th consecutive year a new annual attendance record was established. “We have made tremendous improvements to Turtle Back Zoo and the large turnout of visitors each […]

TBZ hits 900,000 visitor mark

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. and county and zoo officials welcomed the Owens/Kusik family from East Orange — Joseph Kusik, Alanah Williams and Ikea Owens — as the 900,000th visitors to Turtle Back Zoo during 2017 on Wednesday, Dec. 27. This is the third milestone reached at the zoo in […]

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

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 […]