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Press Release - Princess Picks the Winners


CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
September 26, 2006


LACEY TOWNSHIP, NJ – She may not have a high-def projection screen television to watch the games at her Popcorn Park Zoo home, but Princess the camel seems to know her football.

For example, when the Eagles and the Giants went head to head, Princess knew, paws down, that the Giants would win. The game was anyone’s until overtime, when the Giants pulled ahead, beating their neighboring rivals.

And just this past weekend, Princess picked the Jets over the Bills, making her standings in 105.7 The Hawk’s Football Pool, 2 and 0. Each week during the season, Princess will pick her favorite team to help listeners decide their choice for The Hawk’s weekly football pool promotion.

Early each week, one of the radio personalities from The Hawk visits the zoo, `with the names of two teams playing that weekend written on his or her hands. Princess, whose favorite snack at gametime or anytime is graham crackers, makes her game choice by eating the sweet treat from the hand that has the name of her favorite team written on it.

`It’s not exactly scientific or intuitive, but it is fun,' said John Bergmann, Popcorn Park Zoo General Manager. `Everyone here looks forward to seeing Princess’s success'

To know Princess and her elegant history, one would never think she would delight in football pools. Princess was once a beloved pet of Doris Duke, who raised Princess and her sister Babe from youngsters. The pair had their own barn, which was like a mansion, and they were taken on summer vacation with Mrs. Duke to her estate in Rhode Island. If the weather became inclement, Princess and Babe were put up in the solarium.

After this devoted animal lover passed away, her camels were still kept on her estate. Babe passed away several years ago, leaving just Princess. New managers of the estate no longer wanted to care for animals, and Princess' caretaker from the beginning was about to retire to Connecticut. When looked like she had nowhere to go, AHS took her in to the Popcorn Park Zoo, where the gentle, friendly camel has happily made her home.

Princess is just one of hundreds of animals who now call Popcorn Park Zoo "home." Popcorn Park Zoo was established in 1977 for the sole purpose of providing a refuge for wildlife, exotic and domestic animals that are sick, elderly, abandoned, abused, or injured. The federally licensed zoo houses more than 200 of these animals and birds in spacious surroundings on seven acres in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens.

Popcorn Park Zoo is located on West Lacey Road, just seven miles from Exit 74 on the Garden State Parkway and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $4.25 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12, $2.50 per person for schools and other tour groups, and free with a Wildlife Club, Share-A-Pet or Zoological Society membership card

Also on the premises is the Associated Humane Societies animal shelter with dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and smaller animals like rabbits, hamsters and ferrets all ready for adoption to good caring homes.


For our related story online about Princess plus photos, please read more here.

To visit Princess and the other animals at Popcorn Park, directions are here on the web site.


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