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Posted on: May 16, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Cape May County Celebrates the Zoo’s 40th Anniversary

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Join us, Saturday June 9, for a fun filled day at the Cape May County Zoo, as we celebrate the milestone of 40 years since its opening. 

The Park and Zoo was established by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on May 6, 1978 on one acre of land. Currently, the Park and Zoo sits on 172 acres of land and exhibits 550 inhabitants representing 250 species. In 2017 we welcomed an estimated 600,000 visitors and has become one of the top tourism destinations in the state.

Cape May County officials would like to invite the public to join us in celebrating its 40th anniversary from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on June 9, with a day filled with festivities.  The ceremony will begin at 11:00, and award winning entertainer Chad Juros will perform a Magic Show at 12 noon followed by the announcement of the baby boy giraffe’s new name.

Plans throughout the day include Steel Drum music, a live radio broadcast from Cat County 107.3 WPUR, and a visit from WHYY with a book swap, Curious George and giveaways.  Highlights also include inflatable bounce houses, crafts, face painting, children’s rides and surprise character appearances by Let’s Party Events.

It is also Conservation Day inside the Zoo.  Displays will be placed at various endangered animals within our Zoo and represented by local community volunteer groups. This will allow guests to learn more about our animals, why they are endangered and raise awareness and funds for their individual conservation groups.


Freeholder E. Marie Hayes who is the liaison to the Park and Zoo says, “On behalf of the entire Freeholder Board, I would like to invite everyone to the 40th Anniversary celebration of the Park and Zoo. What better way to have a fantastic day of fun and celebration with the entire family. There will be something for everyone."

For more information contact the Cape May County Park and Zoo at (609) 465-5271 or visit the website at

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