Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park

Bonnie the Black Bear


I came from Ohio where my care was regrettable; now that I'm here,I hope to be unforgettable.Climbing and wading are so new to me; I spent a lot of time in a small cage, you see. Life now has promise, my future is bright; I thank Popcorn Park for making things right.
Bonnie is one of three American black bears rescued by Popcorn Park Zoo. She was four years old when we rescued the trio in 2006, and was owned by a careless breeder who raised them to be sold, but often had too many. The owner would walk Bonnie around on a leash at county fairs. Now Bonnie has a much more natural environment, and can climb trees and swim. Being a bit older than the other two, Bonnie was more mature, and a bit aloof. She played with the two "kids", Maryann and Ginger (who has since passed away), but also likes some alone time. Even so, Bonnie and MaryAnn have become good buddies and enjoy playing together. Lovely Bonnie would love some sponsors.

  • Bonnie the Black Bear
  • 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