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Bergen County Zoo

The Bergen County Zoological Park (BCZP) is located in NJ, in Paramus at Van Saun Park. It’s the state’s largest zoo and home to over 600 animals! It became one of the first zoos in New Jersey to gain accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Located on 120 acres, it’s a great activity for families, animal lovers, and anyone looking to get outside. 

The Bergen County Zoo, established in 1959 and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is a family-owned zoo located in Paramus, New Jersey. We are a “New World” zoo, exhibiting wildlife from North and South America. The Bergen County Zoological Park has a wide variety of different exhibits including rare and unusual species. These Exhibits include Baird’s Tapirs, Andean Condors, American Alligators, Golden Lion Tamarins, and South American Pampas!

Bergen County Zoological Park is really one of the most wonderful places in Bergen County. It is a heaven for children and a great place to visit as an adult as well. This is especially true if you are fond of zoos, animals, nature, and fun experiences. The zoo gates welcome guests daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

You may find this hard to believe, but some people still don’t know that the Bergen County Zoological Park has memberships! It seems that even our most regular guests don’t often think about signing up as a member. And we don’t really know why because there are so many reasons why having a membership here at the Zoo is just plain awesome! Check out this page to learn more. 

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Have you ever said to yourself: “I love animals!” If you answered YES, consider joining our team of Docents. As a Docent, you will interact with visitors to answer questions about animals and assist zoo staff with special projects. Our mission is to educate and entertain the public by providing high-quality living conditions and excellent customer service while doing it. If this sounds like something you’re interested in – please call (201) 634-3100, ext. 3125 for more information and to be notified of upcoming volunteer training sessions.

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FAMILY-FRIENDLY! And there’s plenty for adults, too. Spend the day with us exploring all the wonders and beauty of our natural habitats. We offer educational programs for all ages, special events, and shows. If you want to learn more, visit Zooticketing here.

Thinking about visiting our zoo? Here are the directions. For driving directions, we have a Google map link that you can easily access. We hope your visit to the zoo is fun and memorable!

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