African Adventure

African Adventure

Take an adventure to the African Savanna at our Africa Adventure Exhibit! Opened in the spring of 2016, this exhibit is the largest at Turtle Back Zoo. This exhibit is home to TBZ’s tallest residents, Masai giraffes!

Masai giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) can be found across central and southern Kenya and south into Tanzania. These mammals have large, distinctive, dark brown, vine-leaf shaped, jagged spots interspersed by creamy-brown irregular lines. Just like human fingerprints, no two giraffes have the same coat pattern. In the wild, giraffe social groups are fluid and young giraffe males often form bachelor groups.

Although they are the most populous of the subspecies, it is estimated there are fewer than 37,000 remaining in the wild, (recent reports of poaching would suggest it likely to be significantly less). Turtle Back Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and the giraffes are here as part of the AZA Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSPs are coordinated plans to manage the genetic diversity of animal species held in AZA zoos. In support of this plan, TBZ’s exhibit features a bachelor herd of four Masai males.

*Due to weather, the Giraffe will be off exhibit most of the winter season. In the meantime, catch a Behind-the-Scenes tour of our Giraffe Barn! Learn more at https://turtlebackzoo.com/discover/behind-scenes-tours/

The African Adventure exhibit was constructed to make the animals feel perfectly at home. It features three acres of land designed to mimic the African savanna, a climate-controlled barn with special flooring, giraffe-height windows and adjustable hay racks. It also has multiple viewing areas so everyone can get a good look at all the exhibit has to offer! While the giraffes are the stars of this area, don’t miss the other animals from the savanna, including, eland, tortoises, ostriches, and smaller bird species.

In 2017, our Lion and Hyena exhibits opened.

                

NEW! SHORES OF AFRICA INDOOR EXHIBIT featuring AFRICAN PENGUIN & PELICAN. FEATURING A HATCHERY!

Featuring

Masai Giraffes

NOW OPEN!
Lions & Hyenas, Penguins

Schedule

Open year-round; some animals off exhibit in winter or inclement weather

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Turtle Back Zoo

The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo is temporarily closing to the public effective March 14, 2020 following the lead and directive of our state health and government officials as a measure to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in our community.Learn more