So It’s 9:30 and I am at the JFK waiting until 1 PM for my flight to Turkey. So I thought I could share my experience with the Essex county Turtleback zoo. I went to Turtleback zoo on a Sunday (July 25th to be exact) with my brother since I cannot drive. Since it’s been a few days my visit I may have a part or two where I might have mixed up. Before I start my review I want to bring up factors that affected my experience. And no I did not go BTS to see the pangolins bc I forgot Turtleback had them. The humidity of the Northeast United States. The sheer number of visitors. My brother not liking zoos and the feeing guilt caused by the idea of me dragging my brother. We started by parking in one of the parking lots of the Essex county’s recreation complex. That day we got to park the car for free, which was pretty nice, before we walked to the entrance. Our first stop was the reptile house. For a local or a small zoo, this is probably one of my favorite reptile houses. I got to see tentacles snakes, lake Titicaca frogs, and Philippine tree skinks for the first time (or at least a memorable encounter in case I have been to a zoo that had any of these animals before). Despite being uninterested towards Komodo dragons, I was impressed by the enclosure, despite it seeming smaller than the Bronx zoo’s Komodo enclosure. I was able to overcome the pterosaur despite the fact that mesozoic dinosaurs annoy me. The only problem I had was the hellbender enclosure looking foggy. Then we decided to go to Africa and check the sea turtles. On our way we saw the gibbons. My older brother loves gibbons so we enjoyed watching the family of white cheeked gibbons. However the indoor display area was visible and to be fair, I rather see bath tiles like in the Berlin zoo then see the brickwork which looked like an attempt at making a temple theme. While the outdoor enclosure was decently large I think that the zoo could have done a better job with the foliage. There seemed to be bushes that looked like juniper which idk if they are safe for gibbons and I wish they had bamboo inside the enclosure similar to the one at Santa Fe college teaching zoo’s. I saw the Impeyan, squirrel and the tragopans and flexed my junior zoologist side to my brother (he didn’t know what a tragopan is) We went to see the sea turtles and we saw the emperor tamarins on the way. The sea turtle facility felt wholesome, but since the visitors area was so empty there was a issue with the echo. We then went to the Africa section as we saw the pheasants on the way. We started off with the lion and hyenas which were decent enclosures. We later got into the penguins, which was crowded. The penguin enclosure was great, but it might be a bit small for the pelicans. The bushbaby was off exhibit which seems more appropriate for a reptile than a nocturnal primate. Then we went to the African savanna and I got to see my goal animal, the bontebok. The map wasn’t accurate (I will come back to that later) with the shape of the giraffe and antelope enclosure, so I had to walk a bit further while my brother (who was already exhausted by the humidity) waited for me. Then we left Africa on our way to the rest of Amazing Asia. I will take a bathroom break now before I return to my review.