South Jersey is home to three zoos, including the state's first as well one of the world's best-reviewed zoos.
45 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton
New Jersey’s first zoo, opened in 1934, is located within the 1,100-acre Bridgeton City Park. Stroll through the bird aviary then see a real live white tiger, monkeys, bears, lemurs, big cats and snakes. Sign up the kids for the popular Zoo Camp in July. Free.
For more information, call 856-453-1658 or visit cohanzickzoo.org.
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9, Cape May Court House
This beautiful zoo is home to more than 500 animals representing 250 species. Visit the African Savannah, 57 acres of giraffes, zebras, tigers, antelopes and ostriches, the Reptile House and the World of Birds. Look for the 13 flamingos from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
Adjacent to the zoo is a park that includes picnic areas, fishing ponds, tennis courts, athletic fields and playgrounds. Free. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call 609-465-5271 or visit cmczoo.com
Popcorn Park Zoo
1 Humane Way, Forked River
This 7-acre zoo is run by the Associated Humane Societies. It provides a most welcome refuge for animals that are elderly, sick, abandoned, abused or injured, and can no longer survive in the wild.
Among the residents are lions, tigers, a camel, emus, wallabies and monkeys. Domestic animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs and goats roam the grounds.
For more information, call 609-693-1900 or visit ahscares.org.