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 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 2:00 p.m. beginning in April until the end of October.