Rescued sea turtle receives treatment in West Orange

Rescued sea turtle receives treatment in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A 200-plus pound loggerhead sea turtle named Tammie is receiving treatment for propeller scars and other injuries at Sea Turtle Recovery’s facility at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. After the turtle was stabilized with fluids and transported to the facility with help from the West Orange Fire Department, Sea Turtle […]

TBZ opens lion and hyena exhibit

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County officially opened the Ronald J. Mount Lion and Hyena Exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo on Monday, June 12. This exhibit expands the African Adventure themed area of the zoo, which already includes four Masai giraffes, and is named after the late Ronald J. Mount, who was a major supporter […]

Cartoonist heads to West Orange to support the sea turtles

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Sea Turtle Recovery at Turtle Back Zoo opened its doors in December 2016 and has had many milestone moments since. From already successfully rehabilitating 10 endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles to bringing three threatened Loggerheads to the state for care, this organization is constantly working to ensure sea turtles have a […]

Beloved Turtle Back Zoo giraffe dies

WEST ORANGE, NJ — One of the beloved giraffes at Turtle Back Zoo’s African Adventure died from complications during a medical procedure on Wednesday, May 31, at 3 p.m. Hodari, the 18-foot tall Masai giraffe, was the marquee attraction of the Giraffe House, which also features three other giraffes. “We are deeply saddened by the […]

West Orange Township and school district recognized with NJCC awards

West Orange Township and school district recognized with NJCC awards

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Township and West Orange School District were recognized for several environmental initiatives during the 14th annual New Jersey Clean Communities conference program, “Upstream to Essex County,” held May 24 through 26 at Turtle Back Zoo, McLoone’s Boathouse and Pleasantdale Chateau, all in West Orange. New Jersey Clean Communities is […]

County to host open house at zoo on June 3

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 15th annual Essex County Open House will be Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange. The carnival-like event combines games and activities to entertain and provide information to raise public awareness about the programs and services provided by […]

Turtle Back Zoo opens new exhibits

Turtle Back Zoo opens new exhibits

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced the opening of two new natural habitat-themed animal exhibits at Turtle Back Zoo on Monday, April 17. One exhibit is for Andean condors and the other exhibit combines giant anteaters and maned wolves. The new exhibits are part of the county’s ongoing initiative to […]

Turtle Back Zoo earns first-ever ZAA accreditation

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Turtle Back Zoo has earned accreditation for the first time from the Zoological Association of America. The five-year accreditation was awarded Monday, April 3, and is good through 2022. The ZAA is the second zoological organization to accredit Turtle Back Zoo; the facility has received accreditation from the Association of […]

County parks system earns three awards

WEST ORANGE / MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Essex County Parks System received three awards from the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association on March 7. The African Adventure Giraffe Exhibit and Savanna Cafe at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange and the Essex County Glenfield Park Playground in Montclair were given the Excellence in Design […]

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