2012 is venue's busiest year.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo set a new annual attendance record for the eighth consecutive year, according to the office of Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. On Saturday, Dec. 1, DiVincenzo welcomed Pompton Plains residents Shannon and Alex Patti and their 2½-year-old son Roman as the 525,508th visitors to the zoo in 2012. In recognition of the milestone, DiVincenzo, Essex County Parks Director Dan Salvante and Turtle Back Zoo Director Dr. Jeremy Goodman presented the family with a gift basket filled with toys, stuffed animals and merchandise from the zoo, along with a one-year membership to the Essex County Zoological Society. This is the third consecutive year more than half a million visitors have come to zoo. “…
Essex County Executive watches in awe as zoo handlers measure colossal reptile
Thursday, April 5, 2012
“Angie,” the 10-year-old reticulated python at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, had its annual checkup Wednesday and zoo officials are proud to report the reptile is in good condition, measures 17 feet, 5 inches and weighs 127 pounds. More than a half-dozen handlers—including Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr.—helped stretch the python in order to have it measured and weighed. The annual physical was closed to the public, but the media was invited to watch inside the Education Center at the West Orange zoo. DiVincenzo called this a rare opportunity to show what happens “behind-the-scenes” at Turtle Back. Angie arrived in 2005 when the Education and Reptile Building first opened. At the time, the python was 14-feet long and weighed…