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Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.3/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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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  • My toddler had good time at the zoo- You can buy popcorn to feed some animals (sheep/goats/pigs/birds) and some other animals popcorn- peacocks were walking everywhere-well kept..will def go back. 
  • I have mixed feelings about zoos, but I wanted to take my grandchildren here because it is a rescue facility. The animals seem well cared for, and the kids loved walking around and feeding popcorn to ...  read more »
  • I love the fact that the Popcorn Zoo stepped in to rescue animals that had absolutely nowhere to go but here. This was the end of the road for many animals and Im ever so grateful that you rescuedthem...  read more »
  • The work that Popcorn park has done over the years is excellent!! I've been to their par on many occasions and I love it!! They have an animal shelter on the premises and the care they give to their animals makes me know that their is still good people left on this earth!! Please visit this amazing place!! Give a donation if you can, they use every dime of that money for the maintenance of that little safe haven that is a sanctuary for all that were given a second chance at life and abut of heaven on earth!! God bless the people that work there and give their time and effort to the voiceless!! Keep up the good work!! It's been 30 years since I found your place by a miracle and still loving you!! I'll be back this weekend!! Can't wait and I'd like to help with a donation!! 👍 💕💕💕💕
  • Just visited for the first time today. We were pleasantly pleased. The price to get in was a bargain. They had so many animals to see and they were out and about to enjoy. It was obvious every animal is well loved and greatly cared for. The zoo was clean and even smelled fresh.
  • PLEASE REALIZE THAT POPCORN PARK ZOO AND THE HUMANE SOCIETY ON SITE ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS! PLEASE RATE THE HUMANE SOCIETY IN THE PROPER PLACE. POPCORN PARK ZOO DOESN'T HAVE ANY ADOPTION PROGRAMS. MOST OF THE ANIMALS ARE ILLEGAL TO OWN AND SOME ARE THERE FOR THAT VERY REASON. Wonderful place that rescues livestock, exotic, and wildlife too. Every animal there was either rescued from illegal ownership, neglect, abuse and/or zoos that didn't want/couldn't care for them. This is an incredible nonprofit rescue organization. These animals survive based on donations, hence visitors have to be careful of what they write. You cannot adopt anything from the Popcorn Park Zoo. The Humane Society has a shelter next door sharing the land. They're completely separate organizations! The Humane Society is funded by the state at the county level. That makes them bound by the health department's standards established by the state in order to receive funding. I tried to volunteer there and was required to be certified and take all of these classes, but I didn't quite have that much time. They were rude, but they are strictly regulated by these standards some of which are very misguided. It must be depressing to see great families denied for no reason that endangers the animals, and therefore the animal goes back to death row. With this in mind, please don't fault the Popcorn Park Zoo for bad experiences of the Humane Society. I loved PPZ as a child, shared with my youngest sister, my niece, and now my daughter. This place is wonderful for the animals and families to learn and create memories together while supporting a great cause. Please make sure that you rate the zoo and not the shelter. These animals depend on the number of visitors, and if enough people just go off of ratings and read the reviews for the wrong organization these animals will be directly effected. I am not affiliated with either of these organizations. I just donate to the zoo
  • I really love going here. It's not expensive at all. Nothing has really changed from my childhood. You get to check out the animals and feed them popcorn. My daughter enjoyed every moment. Peacocks roam freely, the have horses, pigs, tigers, emus, deer...the list goes on. Look forward to taking her here for years to come.
  • A great place for picture taking and great starting point for exploring with children and taking a hike with a beautiful view of the Valley.It's a fun place to take a peak of remnants of Los Angeles' past from the 1930s. While you're here imagine how NJ was during this era. The place is full of graffiti, which to me adds some character to the decrepit structures and a great backdrop for urban photographs.
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