Popcorn Park Zoo
Popcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife that were sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, or injured, and which could no longer survive in its natural habitat. As time went on, we expanded to include exotic and domestic animals. All our residents once faced these circumstances, as well as exploitation and illegal ownership. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens (directions) in southern New Jersey. The Zoo, which is federally licensed, comprises seven acres and is graced by the indigenous Scrub Oak and Scrub Pine.
I have been here multiple times and I love it! It is more like a sanctuary than a zoo. I would go there every day if I could! I chuff at the Tigers and they chuff back at me. The bears are just the cutest! I highly recommend the Popcorn Park Animal Refuge (I just can't call it a zoo!)
Went during the week in July it was very nice and quiet. The staff is friendly and seeing the biographies of the animals is heartwarming. They also have SIX tigers. While it's somewhat in the middle of nowhere looking for lunch you kinda have to go off site or out of town. The deer come right up to the fence it's a great, quiet place. I do suggest having a keeper or a staff member wonder around so if guests have any question they'd be available to answer them. But overall the animals are well cared for and are berry happy.
We always have a wonderful time here. It's a small zoo, well maintained. We recently visited and the geese were pesty. They were stalking us for food, so we would throw popcorn to steer them away. It was funny but a little scary (some would hiss). They were our least favorite. The animals were so interactive and my 4 year old had such a fun time. We purchased the popcorn and nuts. The size of the zoo is perfect, we usually stay about an hour, hour and a half.
It's was such a nice family out doors kinda place to go and have fun. They have very Interesting background stories on the animals with made it more integrating. ***sidenote*** their bathrooms are a little trailer with a mean and women sides but they are VERY DIRTY and cramped. Go to the BR before you go***
This place is great and cheap. Perfect for children and adults alike. There is free parking and you can get up and close with the animals which are all rescues.