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Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River

(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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  • Popcorn park zoo has been a staple for anyone who lives in NJ and it is always a great family oriented place to visit regardless of season. The kids love it and the animals are well cared for. They al...  more »
  • I can totally understand how this place could have mixed reviews. I think this place is a cute little zoo that has an awesome strategy and frankly shouldn't be missed. Upon arrival with my boyfriend, ...  more »
  • My Oma has worked here since I was a kid and it's a wonderful place. On top of the zoo structure they also have the kennel where you can adopt fur babies.  more »
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  • Popcorn Park Zoo is the best place to go and see many different types of animals & reptiles, and it's close to home! I have been visiting this zoo since Sonny the Elephant had been there. I love elephants! Sonny died some years back, but I still enjoy visiting all the animals. I used to bring my children, but now that they have grown and given me grandchildren, I will be bringing them instead and teaching them the right way to care for animals. To me, animals are "people" too! Thank You for having a great place to visit and learn about animals!
  • 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!! 👍 💕💕💕💕
  • Such a cute place. Clean. Animals are rescued and cared for. Non profit organization. Kids get to buy pop corn and feed the animals plus eat the popcorn too.
  • 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.
  • Definitely a hidden gem. Truly a unique zoo, it's like nothing else.