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.


Help Name the Baby Capybaras

Thank you for your interest in naming our three capybabies!

Voting has now closed. The results will be revealed and the most popular names will be given to our capybabies at a celebration at High Park Zoo on Saturday, June 24 at noon. Please join us for refreshments!

Stay tuned for exciting updates – the results will also be posted online!

As you may be aware, we are also raising funds to enhance the Capybara’s home, so if you can help even a little bit, please make a donation here.

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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

    • 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


    During the holidays we have received several inquiries as to if the High Park Zoo is open. The Zoo is open 365 days a year from 7am until dusk. Drop by for a visit. ... See MoreSee Less

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    Jasper enjoying the snow. We would like to thank everyone for your on going support in 2017 and wish you a Wonderful Holiday Season. We are looking forward to celebrating with you High Park Zoo's 125th Anniversary in 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

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