Popcorn Park Animal Refuge

2700 Lacey Rd / 1 Humane Way, Forked River, New Jersey 08731

Popcorn Park Animal Refuge At A Glance...

About Popcorn Park Animal Refuge

Popcorn Park is a sanctuary for animals who faced desperate circumstances and/or death. Popcorn Park began in 1977 when we rescued and treated a raccoon caught in a leg-hold trap. We gave him a home for life as he could never be released and survive.

Soon Popcorn Park became a permanent home to exotics, wildlife, farm animals, and birds who suffered abandonment, cruelty, injury, illness, handicap, exploitation, old age, inappropriate ownership, or who could not be safely returned to the wild.

Popcorn Park Refuge, located in the scenic Pine Barrens of Ocean County, is now home to over 200 animals and birds, all provided spacious living quarters and assured a lifetime of good care. All residents may be sponsored through the Wildlife Club and/or you can support the refuge through the Popcorn Park Zoological Society.

  • Activities:
    • Walking
    • Bathrooms
    • Nature / Environmental Center
    • Picnic / Sitting Area
    • Benches
    • Picnic tables
    • Zoo / Aquarium / Petting Zoo / Animals
    • Petting Zoo/Regular Zoo/Animals

Contact / Location

Primary Address:
Directions 2700 Lacey Rd / 1 Humane Way,
Forked River, New Jersey 08731

Our Personal Take...

We love visiting this zoo, and try to do so at least once a year. They have done a great job trying to keep all their animals happy, and their cages open.

Picnics / Lunches / Eating

When we visit Popcorn Park Zoo, we'll usually bring some lunch and eat out on the picnic tables that they have just outside their main entrance. Beyond bringing your own food, there are not any other food establishments within the zoo, or within a few miles of their main entrance.


When driving on Lacey Road, you will find signs for Popcorn Park Zoo pointing you down a small road called Humane Way. There is parking found at the end of that road. The parking there fills up rather quickly. Since there is no parking along Humane, most people park along Lacey Road. If you do so, PLEASE be careful crossing Lacey since it is a rather busy road at times.

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