In 1934, the City found itself in possession of a small herd of deer which the citizens thought should be exhibited. With this, the Cohanzick Zoo began.
The zoo was named for the band of Lenape Indians who resided in Bridgeton alongside the river - as a result, they became known as the Cohanzick Indians. Today, the Cohansey River peacefully flows through the park adding a unique natural setting. It is a great place to visit all year 'round. The Cohanzick Zoo is New Jersey's first zoo, and a division of the Department of Recreation and Public Affairs.
Cohanzick Zoological Society (CZS) Membership: For just pennies a day you can help the Cohanzick Zoo acquire new animals, improve and renovate exhibits, and maintain the Zoo's beautifully landscaped grounds and facilities. As a member of the CZS you are eligible for: Free or Discounted admission to a wide variety of zoo's and aquariums across the country, 10% discount at our souvenir stand, reduced admission to Zoo Camp, and invitations to "Member's Only" events at the zoo, and much more!
This is an unexpected gem! It is small and understated, but the animals are clearly well cared for and the facility clearly well maintained and managed. It would be wonderful if they made it clear how to volunteer or donate to the zoo!
This is an amazing small town zoo. You can get so close to the Tigers and they are constantly doing renovations. They are always adding new things. Super family friendly. Free of charge, but please donate.
Although this was a very small zoo, with few animals it was a very pleasant experience. It is a donation based zoo that seems to be undergoing renovations often. I loved the wooden walkways and the abundant bamboo for shade. There is an adjacent splash pad and a food truck parked along the river bank. You can really make a fun filled day out of going to this zoo. FYI : if going to the splash pad there is a fee 3$ per person and everyone must have water shoes. Even the adults!
Cohanzick zoo is a great free zoo located in the heart of Bridgeton's City Park. While it is a small zoo, it is entirely free, and has a surprising variety of animals. It's a great place to take the family for an afternoon, or to take a walk on your lunch break. Also check out the events held at the zoo throughout the year.
Nice little zoo. They're trying very hard to fix this place up. I donate when I can.