Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park

Maryann the Black Bear


At one year old, I was only half my weight; that's not supposed to be a growing bear's fate. My owner didn't care, and we escaped and ran free; til the sheriff told someone to go and get me. Here I arrived with Bonnie and Ginger, my twin sis; whoever thought life could be as wonderful as this!!??
Maryann was two years old when she arrived. Kept in shameful conditions by a breeder in Ohio, the (then) threesome often escaped their flimsy caging and ran through the streets, causing much concern among the town's people. When Maryann arrived, she spent much time discovering a world she never knew existed. She loves to climb as high as she can, and swat an unsuspecting Bonnie as she passes by below. Sadly, Ginger, Maryann's sister, passed away but Maryann continues to enjoy her life with Bonnie, playing, eating well, and has forgotten the sad, unhealthy life she once had. Finally! A life fit for a young bear! Won't you help support our lovely young lady?

  • Maryann the Black Bear
  • Popcorn Park
  • Wildlife
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • The Wildlife Club
Please Be My Sponsor
6 Months
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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