Turtle Back Zoo opened in 1963 and had a collection of almost 140 animals of forty species. It has grown further to 850 animals of 273 species in 1973. At present, it has more than 300 species and has witnessed few renovations too. It includes an 11,000 square foot complex which includes a gift shop, a 4,000 square foot reptile center and many such attractions. This zoo even has administrative offices and two classrooms which open up to a large auditorium.