Turtle Back Zoo

Entertainment & Arts

North America, United States, Essex County

Turtle Back Zoo, is a zoo in West Orange, New Jersey. Situated on 18 acres (7.3 ha) the South Mountain Reservation, it is part of the Essex County Park System, the oldest county park system in the United States. Founded in 1963, the zoo was originally a showcase for animals indigenous to New Jersey, but currently features species from every continent except Antarctica. Located adjacent to the Richard J. Codey Arena, practice home of the New Jersey Devils, the zoo is open year-round. The Turtle Back Zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 2006.