Friends of High Park Zoo

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Latest Updates

Holiday Trees 2023

Current Hours and Access

October 16, 2023 – Our current opening hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Zoo can be accessed via both the north gate and the east gate.

High Park Zoo Celebrates 130th Anniversary

September 27, 2023 – To honour High Park Zoo’s milestone 130th year, Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) has launched a $30-for-130 fundraising campaign. “To keep the Zoo an accessible and free space for our community, we rely on the public’s generosity,” says Sarah Doucette, Chair of FHPZ. “After 130 years of operations, the Zoo is due for major renovations, which we hope to break ground on in the near future once we’ve secured the required funds.”

Please see our media release here.

Donations to FHPZ’s $30-for-130 anniversary fundraising campaign can be made here. Your donation of $30 will receive a tax receipt, and an external party will match total funds raised up to $1300.

Llama Pen Activities 2023

June 6, 2023 – We are pleased to announce that our llama pen activities are restarting (for the first time since 2019!). For a minimum $2 donation, come meet, greet and feed Honey and her llama friends every weekend and statutory holiday from 12-2pm.

Update re: High Park Movement Strategy

August 5, 2023: Please be aware that as of Saturday, August 5 vehicles will no longer be able to enter High Park from Bloor Street. Vehicles will need to enter off Parkside Drive at High Park Blvd. The park will remain closed to vehicles on weekends and statutory holidays.

For more information, click here.

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. Read more

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.

Master Plan Fundraising

We continue to raise 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!


vision high park zoo


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

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.


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.


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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Latest News

Name the new Highland calf, a girl, born on Easter Sunday to parents Bluebell and Fergus – Poll

April 18, 2023|Categories: Events|

Announcing the new Highland calf, a girl, born on Easter Sunday to parents Bluebell and Fergus The winning name will be announced on May 8, 2023. Subscribe to stay in the loop with our newsletter and be the first to know about [...]

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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