Associated Humane Societies
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Tocho the Cougar

Tocho

In late October 2015, we received a message from our veterinarian about helping some cougar cubs who had been orphaned in their state’s legal trophy hunt.

Despite the many efforts of the local Fish and Game officer to find a placement, the youngsters had no place to call home and faced euthanasia the following Saturday ... until Popcorn Park heard of them. We welcomed them here and named them Tocho (meaning mountain lion) and Shilo (brother), and introduced them to the public the following spring. Being wild, the pair has remained somewhat elusive to visitors, but they have grown up both handsome and healthy, and little by little have come to relax a bit with staff. Tocho is the more outgoing of the two brothers, and right from the beginning, was more willing to check out his environment and his new home. Tocho would love it if you would sponsor him.

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Animal Info

  • Tocho the Cougar
  • Popcorn Park
  • Wildlife
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • The Wildlife Club

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