Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park

Shilo the Cougar


On a Friday night in late October we received a message from our veterinarian about helping some cougar cubs, who were orphaned as the result of a trophy hunt. If they could not be placed, the cubs would be euthanized that Saturday. In a joint effort to save them we, along with Cohanzick Zoo, located in southern New Jersey, responded. Four cougar cubs landed at Philadelphia Airport that Tuesday night. By the next day they were safe and sound with full bellies ready to start their new young lives in NJ. We held all four cubs at Popcorn Park for the next two weeks to have their exams and vaccines. Cohanzick staff came and took their two new cubs and our two orphaned siblings, now named Tocho, (which means mountain lion), and Shilo, (brother), would start life in comfort at Popcorn Park.
This spring the pair will be introduced to our visitors, but you can help support them right now. Will you share your love with Shilo and sponsor him?

  • Shilo the Cougar
  • Popcorn Park
  • Wildlife
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • The Wildlife Club
Please Be My Sponsor
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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