Family nights at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The public is invited to enjoy summer evenings at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo. On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, Turtle Back will have family nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m., with the last admission to the zoo at 8 p.m. In addition, on […]

Turtle Back to add Sea Turtle Recovery Center to zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. announced June 10 that a Sea Turtle Recovery Center will be developed at Turtle Back Zoo. The new facility will enable Turtle Back to enhance its mission of promoting conservation and preservation, and create a sanctuary to nurture and assist the Zoo’s namesake animals. “We […]

Essex County Open House returns

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 14th annual Essex County Open House at Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave. in West Orange, will be Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The carnival-like event, which includes free admission to the zoo, combines games and activities to entertain and provide information to raise public awareness […]

Turtle Back Zoo opens African Adventure Exhibit

Turtle Back Zoo opens African Adventure Exhibit

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County opened the African Adventure Exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo on Tuesday, May 17. The exhibit is the largest at Turtle Back and features four Masai giraffes, eland, whistling ducks, ostriches and tortoises. At the ribbon-cutting were Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., Gov. Chris Christie, N.J. First Lady Mary […]

Savanna Cafe, enhanced bison exhibit open at Turtle Back Zoo

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County officially opened the new Savanna Cafe and an enhanced bison exhibit at the Turtle Back Zoo on Thursday, April 28. The two-story, 16,500-square-foot dining facility is more than three times as large as Turtle Back’s old cafeteria building and provides additional space to accommodate the large crowds at the […]

Susan G. Komen North Jersey to ‘Race for the Cure’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Breast cancer is not usually considered a cause for celebration, but for the hundreds of survivors expected at the 2016 Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, presented by ShopRite and Xfinity, it’s a much anticipated day to celebrate. Nearly 3,000 people are expected to be at the Essex […]

Community FoodBank thanks county

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Turtle Back Zoo was recently recognized by the Community FoodBank of NJ for donating almost 25 tons of non-perishable food. The 49,078 pounds of non-perishable food was collected during the 2015 Essex County Holiday Lights Spectacular, a six-week event that ran from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s […]

County installs electric car-charging stations

WEST ORANGE / NEWARK, NJ — Essex County recently installed new charging stations for electric cars at Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex in West Orange and the Essex County Government Complex in Newark. The charging stations are part of the county’s initiative to promote environmentally friendly alternatives and fulfill a growing need as electric […]

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