Stop for Nikhil 5K returns for sixth year on Sept. 18

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The sixth annual Stop For Nikhil 5K Run/Walk to remember those who died and to honor those who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes will be Sunday, Sept. 18, at West Orange High School. Funds raised will support the Nikhil Badlani Foundation’s ongoing programs to promote traffic safety awareness […]

Prairie dog exhibit at Turtle Back Zoo receives facelift

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The county recently announced that the renovations to the prairie dog exhibit at the Turtle Back Zoo are complete and that the interactive attraction is reopened to the public. The renovations were made to enhance visitors’ viewing perspective. “We are always looking for ways to improve the experience our visitors have […]

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 […]