Capybara Pup Naming Update


Capybara Pup Naming Update

  • Public can vote on their favourite trio of names online or at the High Park Zoo
  • Voting runs from May 31 until June 19, 2017
  • High Park Zoo is open daily from 7:00 am to dusk

TORONTO – May 31, 2017 – The two capybaras, dubbed Bonnie and Clyde, which escaped from their pen in the High Park Zoo in May, 2016 and spent weeks on the lam before being caught have expanded their family. Three pups, born in February, are healthy and doing well – and are looking to be named.

Friends of High Park Zoo would like to thank all those who submitted their suggestions during our campaign this spring; over 12,600 names were received. A short list has been finalised, and starting Wednesday, May 31, the public is invited to vote on its favourite trio online at or in person at the Zoo. Voting will close at midnight on Monday, June 19 and the chosen names will be announced on Saturday, June 24, as part of a celebration at the Capybara’s Pen at High Park Zoo.

High Park Zoo is open daily from 7am to dusk, with free admission. During weekends between April and October, inclusive, the Llama Pen is open from 11:30 am to 2 pm so that visitors can, for a small donation, feed and pet the llamas. At 124 years old, High Park Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in North America, and is currently in need of capital improvements. The Friends of High Park Zoo are undertaking a Master Plan to guide future improvements to the Zoo, including the Llama Pen, the Capybara Pen, the aviary (home of the now-famous Toronto Peacock and his family), along with the other animal pens and visitor areas.

Donations may be made online, by mail or at the Zoo donation stations. Donation instructions are located at online at All donations of $10 or more through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt.


Esme Markle
Friends of High Park Zoo


About High Park Zoo
Established in 1893 for deer, the Zoo’s animal paddocks have always been a popular attraction. Today, 124 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. The Zoo is free to the public and attracts over 600,000 visitors each year.  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.

About Friends of High Park Zoo –
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. FHPZ is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo.

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.

Accountable – we will be responsible, transparent and accountable to all of our stakeholders
Professional – we will at all times conduct ourselves in a manner that is both professional and respectful
Collaborate – we will work collectively with each other and others in order to achieve our goals
Community oriented – we will engage in initiatives and activities that support High Park Zoo and the community

Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation online, onsite or by mail.
Onsite:                   Donation Stations in High Park are located outside the Llama Pen and the Grenadier Café
By Mail:               Please make cheques payable to Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (memo: High Park Zoo) and mail to:

Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation – High Park Zoo
450 Broadview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4K 2N1
416 465 7555

Friends of High Park Zoo, its Board and Friends at the Zoo are powered by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please email:

High Park Zoo is open 7:00 am to dusk every day. Come experience High Park Zoo today.

About the Honey Match Initiative
The Honey Family Foundation contacted Friends of High Park Zoo through the Toronto Foundation after hearing that funding was needed to save the Zoo.  In 2012 the Honey Family Foundation generously made a three-year commitment of a matching donation program; this was subsequently extended and includes a match of $5,000 in 2017. The funds will support the on-going operations of High Park Zoo as well as the Zoo’s Master Plan for capital improvements, and has helped raised over $367,000 through the match initiative.

About the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation –
Founded in 2002, the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is a charitable Public Foundation dedicated to enhancing Toronto’s parks. The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation promotes philanthropy, corporate support and community involvement to achieve a range of enhancements to the parks system that can no longer be achieved through City funding alone.

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