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.
Our goal for 2019/2020 is to ask each visitor to donate $2. With over 600,000 annual visitors, a small donation of 2$ will help the Friends raise over one million dollars! The funds will go towards our multi-phased Master Plan, the first project of which is to rebuild the llama and capybara buildings to provide more indoor space for the animals.
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.
Please check our calendar frequently for a list of special events at the Zoo. The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to dusk. The Llama Pen is open to the public on weekends and statutory holidays, weather permitting, allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. beginning in April until the end of October.
VISION, MISSION, VALUES
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.
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, wallabies, emus and sheep.
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