Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park

All our Turtles

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We are the home of many different types of turtles, but most common are the box turtles, red eared sliders, and yellow bellied sliders. Some come in due to injuries, but most are brought in due to their owners no longer being able to care for them. Families often get a turtle the size of a quarter, and try to keep them in a small tank indoors. However, these turtles grow up quickly and require the right diet, sunlight, and water source depending on their type. Each summer we get hundreds of turtles surrendered to us that we need to find homes for. Here at Popcorn Park, we are at our maximum in our turtle pond with our 17 resident turtles and another 60 box turtles in our land turtle areas. They have been with us for many years, and enjoy sun bathing on the rocks together or basking in the sun near the park entrance. With the hundreds of turtles needing homes, we reach out to our rehabilitators and partners to find them a permanent resident elsewhere. We feed and house these turtles until room opens up, as well as organize a transport for them. This often is a long process taking several months, and our resources are quickly depleted. Our resident turtles allow us to raise funds to continue our efforts in finding all our turtle friends the appropriate home. By sponsoring our turtles, you are in fact not only supporting the residents here at Popcorn Park, but also supporting the hundreds of turtles we rehomed each year. So if you would like to help our reptilian friends, please sponsor today!

  • All our Turtles
  • Popcorn Park
  • Wildlife
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • The Wildlife Club
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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
  • contactus@ahscares.org