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Friends of High Park Zoo

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Update to Hours and Gate Access

November, 2021 – Our winter opening hours during the COVID pandemic are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Zoo can now be accessed via both the north gate and the east gate.

COVID social distancing guidelines remain in effect: please keep a 2 metre distance from other visitors and zoo workers to allow them to perform their work safely.

High Park Zoo Awarded $2.6M in Project Funding

April 13, 2021: Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the City of Toronto, $2.6 million in Government of Canada and Province of Ontario infrastructure funding has been secured for our $3.6 million High Park Recreational Trail Improvements project in High Park Zoo.
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Llama Pen Activities 2021

In order to ensure that our visitors, volunteers, zookeepers and animals remain as safe as possible, we made the difficult decision to not operate the llama pen activities in 2021.

Unfortunately this decision will impact our 2021 fundraising by $30,000. We are raising funds to enhance the Zoo under a phased capital Master Plan. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation here.

Thank you and stay safe!

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Holiday Trees at High Park Zoo

Be amongst a limited number of Toronto retailers and businesses to help Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) celebrate the holiday season by decorating a tree at the Zoo. Lining the road running through the Zoo in High Park, the trees will stand on parade for five weeks and be a prominent feature of our Snowflake Walk.

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ABOUT FHPZ

Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo remained open in the wake of City budget cuts for the 2012 and 2013 operating years. With the City restoring operating funding in 2014, FHPZ now looks to raise sustainable funding from individuals, corporations and local businesses to enhance and sustain the Zoo.

FHPZ is still raising funds towards Phase 2 of our multi-phased Master Plan. This phase will include the removal of the asphalt roadway and concrete curbs, the installation of bioswales, rain gardens, raised beds, the planting of more trees and the expansion of the Bison enclosure.

FHPZ is a registered charity created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo. FHPZ accepts donations directly; more information is available here.

Please check our calendar frequently for a list of special events at the Zoo. Our hours of operation are available here

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VISION, MISSION, VALUES

VISION
To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for generations to enjoy.

MISSION
To support High Park Zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while advancing education and awareness of the Zoo.

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PARTICIPATE

For information on how to make donations that will support High Park Zoo, please visit our donation page.

There are also Yellow Donation Boxes located in the Zoo.

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ABOUT HIGH PARK ZOO

Established in the 1893 for deer, the Zoo’s animal paddocks have always been a popular attraction. Today, over 120 years later, the Zoo’s eleven paddocks are home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

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Thank You For Your Support!

During this unprecedented time, as the physical distance among us becomes greater, so too, does the importance of shared experience. When this is behind us, our work of inspiring connection, curiosity and new understanding will continue in earnest, as will our contributions to the fabric of our community. We thank you for your support and understanding, and ask that as individuals, families and communities, we continue to pull together.

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