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Turtle Back Zoo Breaks New Annual Attendance Record at 795,559

November 26, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Fleming-Kendrick family of Newark recently became the 795,559th visitors of the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo this year, establishing a new annual attendance record for the 13th-consecutive year and breaking the annual attendance record set last year.

Melva Fleming and Stafon Kendrick and their children, Myles Fleming and Makenzie Kendrick, arrived at the zoo to view ...

Hodari, Beloved Giraffe at Turtle Back Zoo Has Died

West Orange, NJ - Hodari, one of the giraffes at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo died during a medical procedure this afternoon. Hodari was one of four giraffes in the zoo's African Adventure area.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Hodari. On behalf of Turtle Back's staff, we cannot express how great this loss is," Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said.

Essex County Enacts Code Blue Through March 16; Essex County Parks System Closed Tuesday

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County’s “Code Blue” procedures are being activated from Monday at 5 p.m. to Thursday, March 16 at 8 a.m. due to extreme cold weather and snow in the forecast.

In addition, Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Codey Arena, the Environmental Center and Senior Centers within the Essex County Parks System will be closed on ...

Essex County Enacts Code Blue to Provide Shelter During Winter Weather

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Essex County’s “Code Blue” procedures are being activated from 4 p.m. on Wednesday to 9 a.m. on Friday due to extreme cold weather and snow in the forecast.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said providing the homeless residents with a warm place to stay during extreme weather conditions ...

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