NJ Zoos, Animal Preserves, Bug Museums


Bergen County Zoo – Paramus, NJ
The Bergen County Zoo is an accredited member of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In July and August, live animal shows are held daily in our outdoor amphitheater – between the spider monkey and alligator exhibits. Shows are free with zoo admission, and seating is first-come, first-served. Check out the shows of the day as you enter the zoo.
Address: 216 Forest Avenue Paramus, NJ 07652; Telephone 201-262-3771
Hours: Monday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Admission: Adult $4 resident $8 non-resident, Child resident $2 non-resident $5, under 3 free

Cape May County Zoo – Cape May, NJ
The zoo is a major attraction to the thousands of visitors to the shore and residents alike. Families who visit our zoo are always impressed by the lush country gardens, leisurely atmosphere and extensive natural environment. Animal lovers are impressed by our collection of over 550 critters, representing over 250 species. But above all we are proud of the conscientious care our animals receive from a dedicated and caring staff.
Address: 707 Route 9 North, Cape May, NJ; Telephone (609) 465-1033
Hours: Spring/Summer Hours 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m; Fall/Winter Hours 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Admission: FREE
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Cohanzick Zoo – Bridgeton, NJ
The Cohanzick Zoo, established in 1934, is New Jersey’s First Zoo. Located in the beautiful Bridgeton City Park, this little zoo is set on 15 acres and is home to approximately 100 animals.
Address: 181 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton NJ; Telephone (856) 453-1658
Hours: Spring/Summer 9am – 5pm, Fall/Winter 9am – 4pm
Admission: FREE
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Popcorn Park Zoo – Forked River, NJ
Popcorn Park Zoo 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. Over 200 of these animals and birds now live in spacious surroundings in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey. You may be greeted at the gate by a gaggle of geese, but soon you will see a marvelous array of animals including an African lioness, tigers, mountain lions, a camel, emus, rheas. muntjacs, binturongs and more. Many different types of monkeys clamor for your attention in the monkey house, and the Zoo abounds with all kinds of native wildlife such as white-tailed and fallow deer, a bobcat, and American black bears. Farm animals such as horses, steer. sheep, pigs 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.
Address: 1 2nd Ave, Forked River, NJ; (609) 693-1900
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, Holidays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: Adults – $5.00, Seniors and Children under 12 – $4.00, Children under 3 – Free!

Space Farm Zoo – Sussex, NJ
As you tour the wild friends and family at Space Farms, you will have the opportunity to visit and observe the Space Farms Zoo, which includes bobcats, tigers and lions, buffalo, hyena, wild ponies, timber wolves, various types of foxes, bears and deer, leopards, monkeys, jaguars, coyotes, llamas, yaks, snakes, and hundreds more. This private collection of North American wildlife is the largest in the world — even rare, exotic species thrive in the natural Space Farms environment.. The museum consists of the private collections of the zoo owners, ranging from antique automobiles to toys to old farm machinery and jars of pickled snakes. The zoo is open mid-April through end of October.
Address: 218 County Road 519, Sussex, NJ; Telephone (973) 875-5800
Hours: Open Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. April thru October
Admission: Admission is $15.50 per adult and $11 per child.
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Turtle Back Zoo – West Orange, NJ
Turtle Back Zoo is a facility of the Essex County Parks Department. The zoo is funded by the County of Essex as a service to the residents of the County and the surrounding areas. The Zoological Society of NJ, Inc. is the fundraising branch of Turtle Back Zoo. The Society is a not for profit organization that helps to raise funds for improvements to Turtle Back Zoo. Located on 20 acres in the beautiful South Mountain Reservation, Turtle Back Zoo exhibits species from all 5 continents. Naturalistic exhibits located throughout the zoo’s landscaped grounds offer the perfect recreational and educational experience. Ride the zoo’s miniature train, play on the animal themed playground, take a spin on the carousel or catch an animal program, there is always adventure around every corner. Visitor amenities including free parking in the zoo lot, cafeteria, picnic area and a gift shop are available for your convenience.
Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ; Telephone  973.731.5801
Hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00am-4:30pm; Sun: 11:00am – 5:30pm
Admission: Adults: $11.00; Children & Seniors: $8.00
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Animal Preserves

Lakota Wolf Preserve – Columbia, NJ
The Lakota Wolf Preserve is located on the grounds of Camp Taylor Campground. Wolf Watch tours are led by owner Jim Stein and Becky Mace, who have raised and care for all the animals at the preserve. During their presentations you will learn about the social structure of wolf packs, their eating habits, their interaction with man, and many other interesting facts. We will try to educate you about the true behavior of the wolf and will be glad to answer any questions you may have. While in the observation area you will be able to watch the wolves play, interact with each other and maybe even hear them howl! Truly an experience of a lifetime. You will also get to see and learn about our fox and bobcats that live at the preserve. Each Wolf Watch tour is 90-minutes long.
Address: 89 Mt Pleasant Rd, Columbia, NJ; Telephone (908) 496-9244
Hours: Spring & Summer tour times: 10:30 a.m. OR 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $15 for adults and $7 for kids up to 11 years
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The Raptor Trust – Millington, NJ
The Raptor Trust is one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. Located in central New Jersey, the Trust includes a hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. A stalwart advocate for birds of prey for three decades, it is now recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation.The Raptor Trust is open to the public seven days a week. Visitors are afforded a unique opportunity to view at close range the many hawks, eagles, falcons and owls that are permanent residents at the facility.
Address: 1390 White Bridge Rd, Millington, NJ; Telephone (908) 647-2353
Hours: Winter: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m, Spring & Fall 9 a.m.- 5 p.m, Summer: 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Admission: FREE, but $2 donation is suggested
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Insect Museums

The New Jersey Bug Museum – Toms River, NJ
You will only find one animal at this venue, but you can view thousands of different varieties of insects and bugs all under one roof! The summer is the best time to check out all the bugs and the museum has a wide variety of events throughout the summer. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 3pm with the exception of the months of July and August when they are open Monday to Saturday. Admission is $7 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
Address:  1761 Route 9, Toms River, NJ;  Telephone (732) 349-7090
Hours: 10am to 3pm Tues-Sat
Admission: $8. Children 2 and under are free.
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World of Wings – Teaneck, NJ
World of Wings strives to teach children the value of life and introduce them to the wonders of the natural world through its butterfly atrium and museum. Paths wind through an oasis of waterfalls, tropical plants, chirping birds, and nectar flowers, which provide food for the hundreds of Lepidoptera fluttering inside the glass enclosure. Knowledgeable staffers are on-hand to explain to visitors why butterflies exhibit certain behaviors, such as puddling (butterflies drink from muddy puddles when they need minerals and there’s no San Pellegrino around). In the museum, guests can visit with amphibians and reptiles, observe the process of preserving delicate insects, and peek in the butterfly nursery. Staffers move winged beauties from the nursery into the atrium once a day, letting new butterflies experience their first flight in full view of visitors. For fun with slightly less science, kids can scale a climbing wall, go nuts in a bounce room, visit the ocean-like bubble room, and have their eyes tricked in the illusion room.
Address: 1775 Windsor Road, Teaneck NJ; Telephone (201) 833-4650
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday – 10am to 6pm
Admission: Adult $16, Child $11
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