Arts & Entertainment

Press Releases

Ronald J. Mount Lion & Hyena Exhibit Opens at Turtle Back Zoo

7dde0cebe73684d815ce_Turtle_Back_Zoo_Lions_square.jpg
7dde0cebe73684d815ce_Turtle_Back_Zoo_Lions_square.jpg

WEST ORANGE, NJ -- The Ronald J. Mount Lion and Hyena Exhibit at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo was opened today by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. The exhibit is a part of the African Adventure area of the zoo. Turtle Back Zoo is now home to animals from North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Africa. 

“The lion is the central figure on the Essex County Seal, so it’s only natural that we have real life versions at Turtle Back Zoo. Known as the King of the Jungle, the lions are one of the most recognizable and popular animals. They will complement our Masai Giraffes and make the African Adventure exhibit an even more dynamic attraction,” DiVincenzo said. “Ronald Mount was a great advocate for Turtle Back Zoo, and he always wanted to bring lions here. We are pleased to have partnered with his family to make his dream come true and create a first-class exhibit for the public to enjoy,” he added.

"Lions and Hyenas interact in the wild and that is what we have tried to re-create here," Turtle Back Zoo Director Michael Kerr said. "What is also important is that both of these species are part of the AZA'S (American Zoological Association) species survival plan so we can provide a genetically stable population for years to come," he added.

Sign Up for E-News

The half-acre exhibit includes exposed rock formations to attract the lions and three viewing stations. A heated stone patio is near one of the viewing stations to encourage the big cats to lounge where they can easily be seen. 

Mount, for whom the exhibit is named,  became involved in Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in 2005 when he generously contributed to the development of the 'Bears in Your Backyard' exhibit. The bear exhibit was the first major addition to the Zoo during the DiVincenzo administration and marked the beginning of a number of exhibits designed to replicate the animals’ natural habitats. The 18,000-square-foot bear exhibit features two bears, named Jelly and Jam, and provides visitors with the experience that they are watching the bears from their own home.

Mount later joined the volunteer Docent Organization which assists Turtle Back Zoo staff with educational and outreach programs and became a board member of the Zoological Society of New Jersey, the fundraising arm of the Zoo. For his contributions, Mount was one of the honorees at the Turtle Back Zoo 50thAnniversary Gala in 2013. During the event, he and his grandson, Jasper, gave a speech to the more than 600 people in attendance.

"Turtle Back Zoo meant a great deal to my father and having lions here was always his dream. It's a special day when I can show my children that there grandfather had such a meaningful role at the zoo," said Ian Mount, Ronald Mount's son. "It's great that we can all enjoy this without going too far from home. I hope this exhibit opens with a roar," he added.

Mount also was involved in other philanthropic and civic activities. He founded the Ronald J. Mount Educational Foundation, which was his own personal legacy of supporting educational opportunities for deserving individuals. He also had served as President of the American Cancer Association, President of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund in New Jersey and President of the Millburn Board of Education. Professionally, he was a successful real estate investor and was involved in the commercial and residential real estate market in Naples, Fla. He passed away on April 23, 2015.

Construction of the lion and hyena exhibit area began in October 2016 and was finished in seven months.

The Zoo is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $11 for children and senior citizens, and free for children younger than 2 years. For more information, call 973-731-5800 or visit www.essexcountynj.org/turtlebackzoo.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Orange/Orange

Corporate, Civic Leaders and Celebrities Set to “Swing” into Action at 58th Annual Men of Essex Charity Golf Classic

June 23, 2018

ESSEX COUNTY - Scores of northern New Jersey’s corporate and civic leaders along with a host of celebrities plan to join the Men of Essex, in their efforts to raise $50,000 at its 58th Annual Golf Classic. The prestigious charity event will be held at the Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club, 100 Walnut Street, Livingston, New Jersey, on Monday, August 13, 2018. Registration and lunch begins ...

East Orange Family Success Center Hosts Juneteenth “Family Freedom Day 2018” 

June 18, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ – The East Orange Family Success Center will be hosting a Juneteenth “Family Freedom Day” at the Ambrose Mansion 182 South Harrison St., East Orange this Saturday, June 23rd 12:00 - 5:00 PM.

Juneteenth is a celebration of African-American history and heritage. This American holiday commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of ...

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Announces Winners of Fishing Derby at South Mountain Recreation Complex

June 19, 2018

West Orange, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante congratulate Pedro Ildefonso from Orange for catching the first fish in the boys’ 6-10 age category during the Essex County Fishing Derby in Essex County South Mountain Recreation Complex on Thursday, June 14th. He caught four fish.

Gen Z on Twitter - Influencers and Trends

In the last article, we discussed the main differences between Gen Z and Millennials in terms of their favorite social networks. We also looked in detail at what they do on Facebook and the fact that less than half of Gen Z used it, as compared to nearly three-quarters of Millennials.

This time, we will look in more detail at what the 13% of Gen Z who use Twitter do on that network.

As we ...

Gen Z: Social Media is What It’s All About

In the last article, we looked at Gen Z’s very heavy music consumption on their smartphones, and their willingness to pay for online music services.

In this article, we want to focus on another main activity Gen Z does on their smartphones: engage with others on social media.

Here the patterns are very different from Millennials. In response to the question, "Which of the ...

Gen Z Music Consumption — a Marketing Gold Mine?

In the last article, we discussed the many things that Gen Z do on their smartphones. The main one is listening to music. 

This time, we want to look at their music consumption in more detail to see what marketing doors their patterns can open.

How Often Do They Listen to Music?

In a recent survey, 84% of Gen Z report listening to music every day on their smartphone, as compared ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_5e177eaae57739064cd4_397f63ad2fb50392a776_29178074_2107642336134787_2638697507160326144_n

Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM

Totowa

MakerFest 2018

Carousel_image_db027a04f103c81952b6_img_9030_m

Sun, July 8, 2:00 PM

Suzy Que's BBQ & Bar , West Orange

Arts For Kids 4th Annual "Not Just Jazz & BBQ ...

Arts & Entertainment

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019 and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

June 21, 2018

Susan G. Komen North Jersey Increases Program Funding by 15% for 2018-2019

and Awards 13 Grants to 11 Local Community Non-Profit Organizations

EAST ORANGE, NJ  – Susan G. Komen North Jersey announced that it will award a total of 13 grants to 11 local community non-profit organizations in its nine-county service area for 2018-2019, with an increase in total program funding at 15% ...