The Cape May County Zoo, already listed as one of the five best zoos in the nation and 13th among the top 25 zoos in the world, is planning a new attraction that will provide visitors with an aerial view of the park and the animals it houses.
Cape May County plans to add a zip line to its popular park and zoo and county freeholders are soliciting proposals for an aerial adventure course for children and adults. Zip lines and elevated rope courses have become a popular addition to zoos nationwide, including Essex County's Turtle Back Zoo and the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. They feature elevated rope bridges that tethered visitors navigate between zip lines that use gravity to swing people to the next platform.
Former Parks Director Mike Lafferty, now director of county operations, said "We're going to build something great. It will attract a different kind of visitor — a more adventurous type of visitor." He envisions a smaller course for younger children to accompany a larger one for adults.
New Jersey does not allow amusements such as zip lines to cross over open animal exhibits, but the new zip line could be built adjacent to exhibits to give a birds-eye view of the zoo's lions, tiger and bears.
Nearly a half-million people visit the admission-free Cape May County Zoo every year. The surrounding park includes picnic areas, a fishing lake, playground, ball fields and hiking trails with a loop road around the park in addition to large parking areas.