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Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River

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Popcorn Park Zoo is a small 7acre zoo located in Forked River, New Jersey, within Lacey Township. According to the Associated Humane Societies, the zoo is "a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, exploited, abused or elderly wildlife, exotic and farm animals, and birds." The zoo has programs to educate visitors about animals and their environments and offers hundreds of rescued dogs and cats for adoption.HistoryPopcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 as a wildlife refuge for exotic and farm animals that were abused, ill, injured, handicapped, elderly, or exploited.AttractionsPopcorn Park Zoo has over 200 animals including an African elephant, Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, African lions, mountain lions, American black bears, an Arabian camel from the Rough Point estate of Doris Duke, and numerous species of monkeys, foxes, and white-tailed deer.AttackPark animals suffered an attack in May 2003, when three teenagers, all 18 years old, killed three ducks, three emus and two rheas. The teens were arraigned and held on $50,000 bail a week later.
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  • This is a small zoo primarily focused on the rehabilitation of injured, abused, or abandoned animals. It does not have the flashy attractions or the large natural habitats of the mega-zoos/amusement p...  more »
  • It doesn't have the glitz and glamour of a larger zoo, but it's an active rescue preserve for animals, and the staff does a great job in that aim. We have also adopted numerous animals from Jay Cat an...  more »
  • I've belonged to Popcorn Park for years. It's a great place for animals that have been injured or severely neglected and are not available for adoption. They also have animals that are waiting for the...  more »
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  • Well worth the price of admission. Parking could be improved. But patrons are usual helpful toward each other parking. Good variety of animals. Restrooms out side and if a small child has to go, they better be able to hold it.
  • My kids and I love the popcorn park zoo. It's affordable and the small size nakes it a great place to bring small kids. The parking lot can get full fast but I like going around opening time and don't usually have any issues. I love feeding the bears peanuts and the other animals the popcorn.
  • We are a RETIRED MILITARY family tried to adopt a kitten from popcorn zoo shelter. They WILL NOT ADOPT to MILITARY families even if ur retired!!!!! That is discrimination against military families and retirees. We have owned a pet now for over a year have an excellent pet reference from our veterinarian and they still denied our application. Beware if you're military do not try to adopt from them
  • I mean, I love the place. I don't really go into the ZOO, mainly I check out the cats and dogs that they have for adoption. I'm sure they are taken care of. The cats, I love em. They seem fine. Once you walk into the rooms with the dogs, there is so much agitation and anxiety within most of these dogs. We checked out a couple dogs, walked the dog by the animal graveyard. If you are in the county and you need a dog or cat LOOK HERE FIRST. Give them a chance. Older dogs and cats need love too.
  • Great zoo for kids. Plenty of room to run around. Large variety of animals. Very reasonable ticket prices

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