Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park

Tess - The Entertainer


In the summer of 2016 a woman who does educational programs for school groups called us. She uses animals in the programs and started having some problems with a “star” entertainer, Tess. Tess is a 14 year old snow macaque who, while on a harness and leash, would entertain and educate the groups or classes. Tess reached maturity a few years back and began to challenge her owner in order to become the alpha female. Tess could no longer be part of the outreach education program and had to stay in her enclosure most of the time. That just seemed to make matters worse. Her owner reached out to Popcorn Park and we accepted Tess. She loves the attention of staff, especially grooming them, visitors of all ages, a great diet, and spacious indoor and outdoor areas. All she needs now is you! Will you sponsor Tess?

  • Tess the Snow Macaque
  • Popcorn Park
  • Wildlife
  • Monkey
  • Snow Macaque
  • 16 Years
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • The Wildlife Club
  • Female
Please Be My Sponsor
6 Months
9 Months
12 Months

The Popcorn Park Wildlife Club is a special sponsorship program designed to help support the residents of the refuge. Through a monthly donation you will help provide all that is needed for that particular animal's well-being, and in return, you will receive regular updates from your sponsored animal!

Popcorn Park 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 in southern New Jersey. The Refuge, which is federally licensed, comprises seven acres and is graced by the indigenous Scrub Oak and Scrub Pine. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including a lion and lionesses. tigers, mountain lions, baboons, a serval cat, and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Refuge abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed deer, bobcats, and American black bears. Farm animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs, llamas and goats often look for a handout, and reptiles and tortoises enjoy their own special house. In addition, you'll find numerous species of birds have made themselves comfortable throughout the park. But what makes Popcorn Park so special is that each animal was rescued from suffering, exploitation and/or death - each has its own unique story to tell. You will learn these stories as you walk through the Refuge and as you visit this section of our web site. You have entered a quiet world where all the residents were once in danger and now are safe. So start your journey - bring your curiosity and respect for these beautiful creatures.

  • Popcorn Park
  • 1 Humane Way
  • P.O. Box 43
  • Forked River, New Jersey 08731
  • Daily: 11 AM - 5 PM; Holidays: 11 AM - 2 PM
  • (609) 693-1900