Popcorn Park Zoo, Forked River

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Popcorn Park Zoo is a small non-profit 7-acre (2.8 ha) 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, in their separate adoption building. The name "Popcorn Park" was adopted due to the small fee visitors pay to the entrance which grants them entry and a box of popcorn with which they can feed certain animals.
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  • The Popcorn Park Zoo is so fun, even on a cloudy day! I love their Asia, where they feature zebras and giraffes! My favorite animals are the monkeys and the red pandas! There is a decent sized indoor....  more »
  • To entertain the kiddies or yourself, you'd be hard pressed to find a better bargain than visiting Popcorn Park Zoo. Overall, you can see all the animals, as well as feed many of them, in about 2...  more »
  • If you want to visit a small location which rehabilitates ill or mistreated animals of all types, this is the zoo for you. If you're looking for a full-size, family friendly zoo experience, complete with cafes, splashy video presentations and behind-the-scenes opportunities with the zookeepers and animals, this is most certainly NOT the zoo for you. Plan to spend no more than 1.5 hours here, because it is not a large area. Its name comes from the popcorn one may purchase at admissions and feed to the various animals one encounters. It's worthwhile to buy it on top of the admissions fee, because there really isn't much else to do, there. The zoo itself is littered with popcorn, much of which lands on the ground because many of the animals are fenced in farther than the average child can throw. (There are some funnels and chutes to aid in popcorn delivery outside specific enclosures, but not zoo-wide.) Speaking of children, it is best to avoid this place if you have a child that will need to be wheeled in a carriage. The grounds are unpaved, rocky and sandy; you will end up carrying your child throughout the visit because your carriage will not roll unless you've fitted it with tank treads. Outside food and drinks are also prohibited, so wave goodbye to the carefully stocked bag of treats you brought to keep the kids content. They WILL stop you at the door if you try to disregard this rule. All in all, I'm not sure who this zoo is FOR. Young children are clearly not planned for in the design of this place, and adults can knock a visit out in half an hour, which makes the entry fee, very reasonable for a larger experience, seem a bit steep. Maybe a fun visit if you're an adult looking to read some heartwarming stories about animal rescues, but look elsewhere if you're planning a family trip.
  • Such a wonderful place! We spent about 2 hours walking around to see all the animals. My family enjoyed feeding the animals popcorn and peanuts! I enjoyed reading the stories about the animals. We will visit again next year when we are back in NJ.

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