WEST ORANGE, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (center) outlined plans to develop the Ronald J. Mount Lion and Hyena Exhibit at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange on Wed, Oct.26. The exhibit is named after the late Ronald J. Mount, who was a major supporter of the zoo and a member of the Zoological Society of New Jersey and the Volunteer Docent organization. Mount's son, Ian Mount (to the left of DiVincenzo) is supporting the development of the exhibit with a contribution.
In addition, the County Executive announced a new Condor Exhibit is being developed, enhancements to the Cattle Exhibit are being made, new fencing is being installed at the Essex Farm Petting Zoo and shade structures are being installed at the Sea Lion Sound Exhibit, amphitheater and Dinosaur Playground. Holding an artist's rendering of the Lion and Hyena Exhibit with the County Executive and Mr. Mount are Essex County Chief of Staff Philip Alagia, Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Zoological Society of NJ Executive Director Adam Kerins, Ian Mount's son Ryan, Mike Piga from French and Parrello, Freeholders Leonard Luciano and Patricia Sebold, Greg Comito from Comito Associates, Ian Mounty's wife Maria and daughter Olivia, Nick Naik from Zenith Construction, Turtle Back Zoo Director Brint Spencer,
Lorrie Sciabarasi from Comito Associates, Freeholder President Britnee Timberlake, Assemblyman Tom Giblin, Parks Director Dan Salvante, Essex County Recreation and Open Space Trust Fund Advisory Board President Lori Tanner.