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 looks to raise sustainable funding from individuals, corporations and local businesses to enhance and sustain the Zoo.

The goal for the 2016 Honey Match Initiative was to raise $70,000 by June 30th, 2016 to improve the Llama Pen. The funds raised by individual and corporate donations towards this initiative (up to $35,000) were matched thanks to the  generous support of the Honey Family Foundation ($20,000 contribution) and the Griggs Family Foundation ($15,000 contribution).

FHPZ is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo.  FHPZ accepts donations directly and through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation, a registered charity.

The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk.  The Llama Pen is open weekends and statutory holidays allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm beginning in April until the end of October.


Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations

  • Nominations for Eligible Candidates are Due Friday March 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm ET
  • Up to Three Directors Expected to be Elected on Two-Year Terms
  • AGM to be held Sunday March 25, 2018, 2 pm to 3:30 pm at the Forest School in High Park (Toronto)

Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ)

We are seeking inspired and motivated volunteer board members to oversee the activities of our organization for 2018 (High Park Zoo’s 125th anniversary) and 2019. As we implement our Master Plan to enhance and sustain High Park Zoo, we require directors to steward the undertaking of these much-needed improvements including planning, procurement and fundraising. FHPZ currently plans to break ground on Master Plan projects in 2018. For more details, visit https://www.highparkzoo.ca/masterplan/

In 2018, FHPZ will have three openings on the Board of Directors, each on two-year terms.

This year’s election will be held at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 25, 2018 at the High Park Forest School located in High Park, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto (in the northeast area of High Park) from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

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To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.
To enhance High Park Zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while promoting education, awareness and fundraising for the Zoo.

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Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation online, onsite or by mail. Online: www.torontoparksandtrees.ca
Onsite: Donation Stations in High Park are located outside: the Llama Pen and the Grenadier Café.

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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, wallabies, emus and sheep.

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Upcoming events

  • 25 Mar 2018

    Annual General Meeting

    Save the date! The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members of Friends of High Park Zoo will be held on Sunday,…
  • 03 Dec 2017

    Santa visits his reindeer

    “Santa Visits his Reindeer” It will take place from 1pm-2pm on December 3rd, 2017.
  • 29 Oct 2017

    Llama Pen

    Llama Pen Open (weather dependent) 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. Address: Deer Pen Rd, Toronto, ON
  • 28 Oct 2017

    Llama Pen

    Llama Pen Open (weather dependent) 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. Address: Deer Pen Rd, Toronto, ON


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Barbary Sheep at @highparkzoo circa 1948. Courtesy @torontopubliclibrary

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