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The Turtle Back Zoo Is Opening a Rehab Center for Its Namesake Animal

The zoo has partnered with a NJ nonprofit to open the state’s first Sea Turtle Recovery


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The Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange has some adorable temporary residents thanks to a partnership with Sea Turtle Recovery, a nonprofit sea turtle rehab center in Northfield. The goal: to nurse sick or injured turtles back to health.

On Friday, zoo officials gathered for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the $2 million Sea Turtle Recovery building. The building has five recovery tanks, life support systems and an intensive care unit, according to zoo officials. Visitors will be able to see patients who aren’t in critical condition while learning about the dangers they face.

So far, 11 injured Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (an endangered species and the rarest species of sea turtle) that were struggling with respiratory infections and other ailments have been nursed back to health and released into the wild.

NJ’s only turtle rehabilitation site, the recovery center is now officially open to the public. For more information, go to turtlebackzoo.com and seaturtlerecovery.org.

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