Essex County residents get a peek at preliminary proposals for the Turtle Back Zoo.
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Essex County looks to update master plan

How would you like to sleep with wild animals?

Well, at least near them.

Overnight camping is one of the amenities being proposed for the Turtle Back Zoo in the preliminary stages of its master plan revision.

A master plan update is required every 10 years to keep the West Orange attraction’s five-year accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoological Association of America, and the American Humane Association, said Zoo Director Mike Kerr.

“We’re just in the…