Although extremely intelligent, Sandy never attended college. However, the cougar has become such an important part of the Kean University campus at Ocean County College that the university is holding a celebration just for her.
Sandy, who lives right here at Popcorn Park Zoo, was officially adopted last year as Kean@OCC’s mascot. To honor her distinction, the university will hold a “Meet Sandy” celebration at the zoo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. Although the zoo will be open to the public, as always, those who present Kean University or OCC identification will be admitted free.
“It’s a very special day for our very special cougar. Sandy is a tremendous cat and very deserving of this honor,” said Popcorn Park Zoo General Manager John Bergmann. “What’s more, we are so happy that the folks at Kean University and OCC are supporters of our cause, even though it doesn’t take a college degree to understand that many animals need people to care for them.
Sandy has lived at Popcorn Park Zoo since February 1992. Sandy was just a 3-month-old baby when she was shipped from Florida into Newark International Airport. The airline contacted AHS as to whether the cub's ownership was legal. When it was determined the owner had no permit, "Baby Sandy" came to Popcorn Park, where she has grown into an elegant adult.
You needn't attend Kean College to support Sandy, though! You can sponsor Sandy right here through the Popcorn Park Wildlife Club and receive updates 3 times a year from our very special mascot. You can also read more about how Sandy became Kean's mascot.