Essex sponsors naming contest for penguins at Turtle Back Zoo
“Our penguins are one of the most popular attractions at Turtle Back Zoo. The addition of these two new animals will make the exhibit that much more exciting,” Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo said. “We are asking the public to share their ideas and help us name the two newest additions to our zoo family. We did a similar naming contest when we opened our ‘Bears in Your Backyard’ exhibit and people from around the world submitted suggestions. It just shows how beloved Turtle Back Zoo is.”
The two African Penguins were born in Denver and brought to Essex County Turtle Back Zoo through a penguin species survival and breeding program. They are currently acclimating to New Jersey in the zoo’s state of the art veterinary hospital prior to joining the other penguins. There are now eight penguins in the Penguin Coast exhibit, which opened in 2008. Funded with a donation from the Zoological Society of New Jersey, the exhibit re-creates the rocky, South African coast where the birds are found. It also provides large windows for unobstructed viewing of the animals and a bigger pool for them to swim in.
Nomination forms are available at Turtle Back Zoo or on the county’s web site at www.essexcountynj.org. Entrants must submit their name, e-mail address, mailing address and phone number. Children must have the permission of their parents or guardians to submit suggestions. Nomination forms or ideas for names can be mailed or delivered to Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, N.J. 07052 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Penguin Naming Contest” on the envelope or in the memo line of the e-mail. Those entering the contest have the option of making a $1 donation. Proceeds will be used to maintain the Penguin Coast exhibit.