About Us

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The Cohanzick Zoo opened its gates as New Jersey’s first zoo in 1934. Home to nearly 100 animals representing more than 45 different species from around the world, the zoo has been a regional destination attraction for generations.

We are a small free zoo, situated on approximately 15 acres within the city of Bridgeton’s 1100 acre park, but we provide a home for some larger than life animals including Holly, our Asiatic black bear! We’ve been described by many as a hidden gem nestled in the woods, well off the beaten path.


The zoo is owned and operated by the City of Bridgeton. The city provides for the basic operations of the zoo, while our non-profit Cohanzick Zoological Society provides the funding for animal acquisitions, veterinary medications & equipment, specialty feeds, renovations, new construction and improvements, and supplements all aspects of our basic operation.


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Our Mission

The mission of the Cohanzick Zoo is to inspire appreciation, understanding, and respect for all living things through stimulating education and wholesome recreation.

We will achieve our mission by:

  • Providing responsible and professional care for the animals in our charge
  • Providing effective educational experiences which foster and appreciation of the inter-relationships between wildlife and their environments
  • Providing year round recreation for all ages and incomes
  • Providing our visitor with excellent service and attention, allowing them to fully experience their visit to the zoo
  • Creating a caring and friendly team-oriented environment, which encourages employees and volunteers to do their best work, feel personally satisfied, and reach their fullest potential