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Celebrate Father’s Day with Animal Education at Turtle Back Zoo

Credits: Jeff Curley

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Turtle Back Zoo wants everyone to know that Father's Day is a great day to get the kids together and visit the zoo. They suggest watching how the dads interact with their offspring as a chance to have fun while giving the children an educational experience. 

"The way animal fathers interact with their offspring differs widely according to their species. Some animal dads are more protective of their young, while others delegate the nurturing to the mothers," explained Nicole Mazewski, a staff member at the zoo.  

New since last Father's Day is the zoo's Sea Lion Exhibit. For futher information, see TAP's article: 

Governor Chris Christie Opens Turtle Back Zoo Sea Lion Sound Exhibit With Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo


Here are some animal dads that make great fathers
  • Seahorses
    The fathers actually carry the mother’s eggs in their own pouch for about two months until the babies hatch
  • Red Fox
    Fathers provide their families with food every four to six hours until their children have grown; the moms leave the den to do the hunting

  • African Penguin
    Parents share the incubation duties for their babies

  • Rheas
    Rheas are large, flightless birds similar ostriches. Fathers feed and protect the eggs and young chicks until they are old enough to survive on their own
This weekend's hours are as follows:
  • Saturday
    10am - 4:30pm
  • Sunday
    11am - 5:30pm

For further information: 
Turtle Back Zoo 
560 Northfield Avenue 
West Orange, NJ 07052
(973) 731-5801
Facebook: Turtle Back Zoo  

Turtle Back Zoo,  voted the best zoo in New Jersey, is AZA-accredited and features over 800 animals from around the world. Turtle Back Zoo is part of South Mountain Recreation Complex, located in West Orange, NJ. Opened in 1963, Turtle Back Zoo is committed to providing an enriching recreation experience that fosters excellence in wildlife education and wildlife conservation for present and future generations.

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