LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, oh my! — Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz”
Cape May County Park and Zoo
The Cape May County Zoo certainly has lions, a tiger and bears — among a myriad of other species. Swing by the monkey cage or admire the giraffes and zebras as they roam their fields. The zoo has a large reptile house in addition to a bird sanctuary. After traveling the extensive premises, families can eat lunch at the zoo’s concession area or at the park while the kids enjoy the playground. The zoo is hosting a special fundraising event from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Natali Vineyards, 221 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House. The event “Winos for Rhinos,” benefits rhino conservation and includes wine tastings, a silent auction, food, live music, and maybe even a visit from a few of the zoo’s residents. Tickets range from $20 to $30. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily and is located at 707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Go to CMCZoo.com.
New Jersey’s first zoo — the Cohanzick Zoo — opened in Bridgeton in 1934. The site houses nearly 100 animals of more than 45 different species from across the globe. Stop by and visit Holly, the Asiatic black bear, or Wallace and Matilda, the zoo’s Bennett wallabies. And don’t forget to check out its latest residents Buttercup and Inigo, two new baby cougar cubs who are growing up fast. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free, but donations are welcome. The zoo is located at 45 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton. Go to CohanzickZoo.org.
Popcorn Park Zoo
Created as a refuge, Popcorn Park houses formerly sick, abandoned, injured and elderly animals of all kinds. The site includes native wildlife like white-tailed deer and black bears, in addition to more exotic animals like Bengal tigers and a camel, or farm animals such as horses, sheep, and pigs. All were rescued from dangerous circumstances and given a home at the 7-acre refuge where the public can come and visit. The park is located at 1 Humane Way, Forked River. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is $5 adults, $4 ages 3 to 11 and seniors, and free ages 2 and younger. Go to AHSCares.org.