Popcorn Park Zoo

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Popcorn Park Zoo
Popcorn Park Zoo Logo.jpg
Date opened1977
LocationLacey Township, Forked River, New Jersey
Coordinates39°54′36″N 74°19′37″W / 39.910°N 74.327°W / 39.910; -74.327Coordinates: 39°54′36″N 74°19′37″W / 39.910°N 74.327°W / 39.910; -74.327
Land area7 acres (2.8 ha)
No. of animals200[1]

Popcorn Park Zoo is a small 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."[2] The zoo has programs to educate visitors about animals and their environments and offers hundreds of rescued dogs and cats for adoption.[3]


Popcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 as a wildlife refuge for exotic and farm animals that were abused, ill, injured, handicapped, elderly, or exploited.[4]


Popcorn Park Zoo has over 200 animals including Bengal tigers, Siberian tigers, African lions, Cougars, American black bears, an Arabian camel from the Rough Point estate of Doris Duke, and numerous species of monkeys, foxes, and white-tailed deer.[5]

Princess, the camel, died February 2, 2014.[6]


Park 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.[7] Cymbals Eat Guitars, an American rock band, reference the attack on their 2014 track "2 Hip Soul".,[8][9]


  1. ^ Artcom Museums Tour. "Popcorn Park Zoo". Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  2. ^ About Us, Associated Humane Societies
  3. ^ Animal education program offered at Popcorn Park Zoo Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine. Tri-Town News, June 5, 2003
  4. ^ Are We There Yet. "Popcorn Park Zoo". Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  5. ^ Artcom Museums Tour. "Popcorn Park Zoo". Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.ahscares.org/showarchive.asp?id=12200. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Teens Charged In N.J. Zoo Attack, CBS News, May 23, 2003
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19723-cymbals-eat-guitars-lose/

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