Eli of Colorado


Eli and his sister Jess are 8 years old and came to us from Colorado at the end of December 2016.

The operator of an animal facility in Colorado had 115 animals of which 75 were tigers. When his health began to fail, Tigers of America (TIA) stepped in. In September 2016 they and Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) took on the mammoth job of caring for the big cats and slowly relocating them to permanent homes. Popcorn Park was honored that we were among those getting a call. 

We made our new arrivals comfortable while we made needed renovations to their den, pond and exercise yard. When the remodeling was complete Eli and Jess cautiously inspected it all and returned inside. After 3 days exploration, they made the space their own, even playing a game of tag! 

Eli is the more easygoing of the pair and settled in in a short amount of time. He enjoys spending his days roaming about his compound, basking in the sun, and wading in their pond. But he always finds time to play with his sister. Could you welcome Eli and sponsor him?

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Animal Info

  • Eli of Colorado
  • Popcorn Park
  • Exotics
  • Tiger
  • Sponsors Wanted
  • Wildlife Club
  • Male

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