Associated Humane Societies
& Popcorn Park



Popcorn Park is a sanctuary for animals who faced desperate circumstances and/or death. Popcorn Park began in 1977 when we rescued and treated a raccoon caught in a leg-hold trap. We gave him a home for life as he could never be released and survive.

Soon Popcorn Park became a permanent home to exotics, wildlife, farm animals, and birds who suffered abandonment, cruelty, injury, illness, handicap, exploitation, old age, inappropriate ownership,  or who could not be safely returned to the wild.

(We're planning for a new video. Meanwhile, the video at right, although made a few years ago, gives you an idea of all we do for the animals that come to Popcorn Park, and why they needed our help. Thanks for watching! )

Popcorn Park Refuge, located in the scenic Pine Barrens of Ocean County, is now home to over 200 animals and birds, all provided spacious living quarters and assured a lifetime of good care. All residents may be sponsored through the Wildlife Club and/or you can support the refuge through the Popcorn Park Zoological Society.

Popcorn Park is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with early closings on holidays. Admission into the park stops at 4:15 pm.  A small admission fee helps support the animals. Learn more about visiting Popcorn Park.

The Animals

There are lots of different types of animals at Popcorn Park. Some exotic, some wildlife, even birds and farm animals live here.


Exotic Animals are generally considered those who are not native to one's own country, and Popcorn Park has plenty of these!!


Wildlife consist of those animals who are native to one's own country, and Popcorn Park Zoo provides spacious arrangements to many animals that would normally live in the wild in North America, but whose abilities were somehow compromised.

Farm Animals

Farm animals are often the gentlest of animals, though we have several who have quite a sense of themselves!  Quite a few of our residents have been saved from, or escaped from, slaughter; others were once `pets' or `projects' that were later unwanted.


This is a very broad category, as we have birds that fit every description - exotics, wildlife and domestic birds which include those typically found on farms.  Included here are also those birds, which while technically exotic, are kept as pets.

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