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Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange

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Home to about 850 animals representing 275 species, Turtle Back Zoo welcomes half million people annually to its themed exhibits. See a sea lion tank and prowl along a penguin coastline; tour habitats of large cats, wolves, bears, and alligators; and visit a reptile center. Wildlife aficionados won't want to miss the 2.7 m (9 ft) long lizard that was discovered in 2005 and still has no scientific name. Can foxes fly? You'll find out by seeking out the first flying foxes in any United States' zoo--giant bats that can reach a weight of 1.1 kg (2.4 lb) with a 1.5 m (4.9 ft) wingspan. The zoo is a part of South Mountain Recreation Complex. To visit Turtle Back Zoo and other attractions in West Orange, use our West Orange trip maker tool .
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  • I have been going to the Turtle Back Zoo for years. I hadn't been in a couple of years and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality additions to the zoo attractions. There's so much to see and do. Th...  more »
  • We began our zoo adventure with the short train ride. A zoo keeper introduced us to the lioness and her one year old cub. My grand kids really liked the reptiles and monkeys and unique red panda. I wi...  more »
  • I really love this zoo. So much so that I got an annual membership. It's small enough to enjoy with kids, but it is packed with interesting animals. The parking is free- so it's a great value (especia...  more »
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  • My husband and I went on the behind the scenes of the giraffes. It was amazing to see them in an open pen. The keeper was awesome! Very friendly and knowledgeable, she answered all questions cheerfully and thoroughly. The zoo is very clean and you can tell the animals are very well cared for. We will be back in the spring with my niece. We had a great time, I highly recommend!
  • It's a huge Place very nice. Much different from how it used to be when I was a child. The only thing is you didn't really see any animals there was one animal to an enclosure and it was like you were just walking around and not getting to see every animal. For the money you're paying to go in to a zoo you want to see animals. The giraffes with the best part. And lunch was nice since they have a restaurant there inside the zoo and the merry-go-round was cute.
  • We went in the winter time and a few of the exhibits were closed and they don't have a winter ticket price. I thought it was a little bit of a rip off to have to pay full price when a few of the big exhibits were closed. Besides that the zoo is very nice and clean and you could tell the animals were well cared for. it was intimate because we were like the only people there. I would like to revisit in the summer
  • I have been going to the Turtle Back Zoo for years. I hadn't been in a couple of years and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality additions to the zoo attractions. There's so much to see and do. The day went by too quickly, and we didn't get a chance to see everything! A worthwhile and fun visit!
  • Went to a kids birthday party there. So much fun. I had Never even heard of the place before we got the invitation. The animals looked healthy and happy. We will definitely go back.
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