Cape May County Zoo

Looking for Something To Do in Cape May Today? Come and Visit the Zoo in Cape May County, it’s free for the entire Family.

Visit the Cape May County Zoo located on Route 9 only five miles or a 10 minute drive from the center of Cape May, New Jersey. Plan for a day outdoors with some walking for about two hour stay, pack your lunch or eat at the Zoo. The park has many shaded stations to stop and rest and comfortable concession areas. The best part of your trip is that the admission to the Cape May Zoo is free, and you can make a donation at your own discretion. Usage of the picnic shelters, wedding gazebo and groups visiting by bus or passenger vans are required to pay and make a reservation in advance.

The Cape May County Park & Zoo is located in Cape May Court House, New Jersey and provides Free Year-round admission to a collection of over 550 animals representing 250 species in 85 acres of exhibits. The zoo is located at 707 Route 9 North, in the center of Cape May County’s Central Park, and together the zoo and the park cover about 220 acres. Its principal exhibit areas are a 57-acre African Savanna, a free-flight aviary, and a reptile collection. Cape May County Zoo Cape May Zoo Hours -The zoo is open every day except for Christmas, weather permitting. The hours of operation are from 10:00 am until 3:45pm in the winter and 10:00am until 4:45pm in the summer. Time changes occur with Daylight Savings.

Cape May County Park Central is over 200 acres (including the zoo) with many forested areas maintained in their natural state. Within the park, you will find picnic areas, walk/bike paths, fishing ponds, picnic shelters, a disc golf course, playgrounds & more. Located on the East side of Route 9 are tennis courts and a baseball field.

Cape May Zoo Snow Leopards – On May 10, 2010 the Cape May County Zoo welcomed two snow leopard cubs born to parents Himani and Vijay. They are the first snow leopard cubs born at the zoo and the first cubs for mother ‘Himani’. Only eleven snow leopards were born and survived last year in the United States. All four are currently housed in the snow leopard yard, because the snow leopard exhibit was destroyed during snow storms in February 2010. The Cape May County Zoological Society/Zoo Friends plans to raise money to build a new habitat for them.
Things to Do at the Cape May Zoo include:

1.Visit the reptile House with over 80 species of turtles alligators, snakes and lizards
2.Visit the new climate controlled Word of Birds Aviary with over 20 species including flamingos and exotic birds.
3.Don’t miss the Bald Eagles
4.Visit the African Savannah including African Antelopes, Grazing Giraffes, Zebras and the Cat exhibit.
5.Visit the Cat exhibit including Lions, tigers and the new snow leopards
6.Visit the River Otters and Swift Foxes and local New Jersey animals.
7.Take a Ride on the Cape May Train and Carasoul rides, tokens are $3.00 each or 2 for $5.00
8.Feed the Pigs and Goats by hand and take pictures
9.Have a Picnic with your Family and Friends while at the Zoo.
10.Don’t forget to check out the Cape May Zoo Snow Leopards.

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Cape May County Zoo Rated Selected as Number Three in the Country by Trip Adviser.

COURT HOUSE – Cape May County Freeholder Vice-Director M. Susan Sheppard is proud to announce that The Cape May County Zoo has been selected as the #3 zoo in the country by Trip Advisor. Freeholder Sheppard said, “Trip Advisor has announced the top 10 zoos in America and our zoo is number three on the list! I am so proud of all of our employees who work so hard to make our zoo the outstanding treasure that it is!”
The Cape May County Park and Zoo received the honors, thanks to Trip Advisor’s Popularity Index. The Henry Doorly Zoo in Nebraska was number one, followed by the St. Louis Zoo in second place.

TripAdvisor stated, “The Cape May County Zoo situated on the southern Jersey Shore, is a wildlife sanctuary showcasing more than 250 species of animals and over 500 animals. Travelers can acquaint themselves with a bevy of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and furry friends and, when not gawking at quadrupeds, can wander through one of the lush nature trails, or hop on the train and carousel rides. A TripAdvisor traveler noted, “If you and your family like to see animals treated in a fair and humane way and enjoy a wonderful park setting, the Cape May County Park and Zoo is the place to go.”
Freeholder Sheppard added, “The Freeholders are committed to preserving and improving our free zoo so it remains a popular destination for both our residents and visitors.”

The Cape May County Park and Zoo is located at 707 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House (Exit 11 off of the Garden State Parkway). The free Zoo is open, weather permitting, 364 days a year – closed on Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
For more information about the Cape May County Park and Zoo call 465-5271, visit or sign up to be a fan of Cape May County Government on Facebook.

Become a Cape May Zoo Friend, Donate and get tokens.

And don’t forget to Donate, Help build the Pride of Cape May County show your pride and Join..Zoo Friends. Private donations help provide for new attractions, exhibits and projects that improve the zoo for visitors, staff and animals in the Zoo care. Individual donation rate for Zoo Friends are $ 30, for Family $50 and for Business $100.

You Get Benefits for becoming a Cape May County Zoo Friend
Show your Benefit card at the zoo and get: 10% discount on purchases made at the Ark in the Park Gift Shop. Tokens for the Hummingbird Train or Wildlife Carousel. Individual Membership – 3 Free tokens Family Membership – 6 Free tokens Business – 9 Free tokens

Present your card at the Train Station Bldg. at the zoo to receive the tokens, for more information on the Cape May County Zoo please click here.

Bring the family and spend the day at the Cape May Zoo, you can view a Cape May County Zoo Map here.