WEST ORANGE, NJ  On Wednesday, December 30 at 6:36 p.m., Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. welcomed Nutley residents Melissa and Carlos Zuniga  and their two daughters, 3-year-old Gabriella and 5-month-old Arianna, to the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo as the 750,000th visitors of 2015.

The family was presented with a large stuffed bear, a gift basket and a one-year membership to the Zoological Society of New Jersey.

It was just two weeks ago that Turtle Back Zoo’s annual attendance reached 700,000 for the first time, which made it the 11th consecutive year a new attendance record had been set.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular continued to Sunday, January 3.