All About the Pine Barrens!
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May County Park & Zoo
Cape May County Park system is to be commended for the magnificent
facility its staff has developed and maintained at Cape May
County Park and Zoo. It's clean, well-maintained, beautifully
landscaped, and all the animals seemed well-cared for and
relaxed in their environments. On its 80 acres, you'll see
almost 200 different species of mammals, birds, amphibians
well-planned boardwalk system takes you up and over several
living areas of the Park's inhabitants, including lions,
cheetah, giraffe, zebras, bison and more. Along the way
are sheltered rest areas with binoculars for viewing.
lion awoke every 20 minutes or so, raised his head, and roared
several times, seemingly on cue, just to remind everyone that
he was still the King of the Jungle!
Reptile House is home to many lizards, snakes and frogs,
and this huge Tortise resides just outside. An alligator
in this section seemed too shy for the cameras!
birds reside here; huge ostriches and rheas, many types of
ducks, herons, swans, parrots, birds of prey...the list goes
on and on!
friends abound at Cape May Zoo; this is the first pure white
peacock I've ever seen!
especially nice addition at the Park is the the Tree Identification
signage along the way.
you've got a little one with you, the perfect way to end
the day is a "train ride!"
The Hummingbird Express, a four car miniature passenger
train, pulled by an old-time “steam” locomotive takes riders
through the park and loop around the new Butterfly Garden
and Hummingbird Habitat, currently under construction. The
ticket price is $2 for kids and adults, but all proceeds
go towards improving the zoo.
to the Cape
May County Park and Zoo is free, but donations are
gladly accepted. I was happy to contribute $10.00 for three
people on this day! Concessions are located in the parking
area, but we had lunched at the diner in town (which was
May County Park and Zoo is located just off Exit 11 in Cape
May Court House, NJ.
Barrens is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history,
nature, boating and fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and
tranquility. It's important to families who live here, whether for
a few years or many generations, that our peace and tranquility be
preserved. Keep in mind that the local lawyer or doctor won't look
any different than his neighbors. Thousand dollar suits aren't what
impresses people of the Pines - taking care of nature and fellow man
is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know that
as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect
for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains,
and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently.
Treat our Pine Barrens as you would would want a visitor to treat
your own home town.
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