Friends of High Park Zoo Announce Peacock Fundraising Initiative

FHPZ Partners with visual artist Leanne Davies to reproduce High Park Zoo peacock artwork – Starry Night Flyer #Roncesvalles (2015)

Postcards and Posters available at the Llama Pen (for a suggested donation of $1 and $3)

Limited edition GiclC)e prints for sale (a portion of the proceeds donated to High Park Zoo)

Meet Leanne in person at the Llama Pen Saturday October 31, 2015 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Toronto b October 22, 2015 b Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) has partnered with local visual artist Leanne Davies to raise funds for High Park Zoo. Leanne was inspired by High Park Zoo  infamous resident this summer, the High Park peacock, who toured Roncesvalles and the neighbourhood to help raise awareness for High Park Zoo.

Leanne, along with the entire City of Toronto and including local and followers on Twitter from afar (#TorontoPeacock), was inspired by the escapades of the peacock this past summer and created an original acrylic:B Starry Night Flyer #Roncesvalles (2015).B Critics have called this work: ban embodiment of freedom that captures the spirit of a renegade in all of usb and dream inspiring Goodnight Moon of our day.

FHPZ has entered a licencing agreement to reproduce Leannebs important peafowl work and has printed postcards and posters celebrating Starry Night Flyer #Roncesvalles (2015).B FHPZ will make these mementos available at the llama pen (on weekends at the Llama Pen until the end of October) and other events throughout the remainder of the year. FHPZ is suggesting a $1 and $3 donation to own a piece of local history.

Leanne has also commission a limited edition run of 50 giclC)e prints of Starry Night Flyer #Roncesvalles (2015) that are available for purchase on her website and in person at the Llama Pen at High Park Zoo on Saturday October 31, 2015. These prints retail for $65 ($73.45 including taxes).B Leanne will donate a portion of the proceeds to Friends of High Park Zoo for capital improvements at the Zoo.

The City was so enamoured by the adventures of our peacock this summer, FHPZ wanted to ensure visitors could take home a piece of this history of our fine feathered peafowl,b exclaims John Formosa Chair of the Board of Friends of High Park Zoo.B bThese items not only make a wonderful Christmas or holiday gift but also help to support your local community zoo b High Park Zoo.


In the spring of 2015 the #TorontoPeacock captivated the people of Toronto as it took hiatus from his home @HighParkZoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America. It frolicked on the roof tops of Toronto homes reaching celebrity status on the Internet. #TorontoPeacock inspired local artist Leanne Davies to capture this quintessential moment in High Park Zoo over 120 year history.

Twitter: B #TorontoPeacock #peacock #highparkpeacockontherun @TorontoPeacock @HighParkZoo


About Leanne Davies

Leanne Davies is a visual artist working in Toronto.

Her paintings and drawings feature both people and animals caught in moments that donbt necessarily mesh with reality. Inspired by modernist literature, social media and contemporary culture she illustrates beauty in the absurd and ironic. Desire, identity, and the complexity of human relationships are common themes found in her work.

Born in Victoria, B.C. on the west coast of Canada, she moved to Toronto in 1993 to pursue a visual arts degree at York University (BFA 96).

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING – High Park Zoo Master Plan

Presentation & Round Table Discussion

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
7:00 to 8:30 PM

High Park Forest School,
Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto, ON

High Park Forest School


One of North America’s oldest zoos, High Park Zoo, is planning a face lift and we want you to be a part of it.

For over 120 years, the free admission High Park Zoo has been one of the jewels of Toronto.B As part of the development of a new Master Plan for High Park Zoo, Friends of High Park Zoo, in collaboration with the City of Toronto, invite members of the public to share their ideas and visions for High Park Zoo.

The public meeting will focus on gathering input from the public on immediate and long-term goals for the Zoo.B We look forward to hearing your input on improving the visitor experience, enhancing educational opportunities, increasing accessibility and any suggestions for specific projects that would make the zoo a better place for people and its animal residents. Everyone is welcome to attend especially children and youth.

For details, directions to the High Park Forest School and a link to the event poster, please click here.

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New High Park Zoo Historical Exhibit

Friends of High Park Zoo has installed a new exhibit to showcase the Zoobs rich history, from the early days to present day.

There are 18 pieces in total in three locations at the Zoo. Stop by for a visit to take a look!

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Honey Match Update #2: THANK YOU, We Raised $70,000 for the Zoo


The funds raised have been matched thanks to the generous support of the Honey Family Foundation and the Griggs Family Foundation. Your donations will help refurbish the Llama Pen (Honey Home).

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New Additions at the Zoo

As many of you know, Friends of High Park Zoo collects donations to improve and support the Zoo. We are working on some large scale projects, but every small detail is important. Our latest improvement to the Zoo is the addition of new benches, thanks to our generous donors.

Next time you visit the Zoo, keep an eye out for them!

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Honey Match Update: We're Half Way There!

To date we have raised $16,000 – almost half of our NEW Honey Match Initiative goal of $35,000 (to be doubled to $70,000 for the Zoo). The funds raised will be matched thanks to the generous support of the Honey Family Foundation and the Griggs Family Foundation. Donations will help refurbish the Llama Pen (Honeybs Home).

Please donate to support High Park Zoo!

Honey Match Half Way Update

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2015 Donation Matching Initiative Launched at High Park Zoo

Toronto March 3, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, Friends of High Park Zoo has launched its Honey Match Initiative thanks to the generous support of the Honey Family Foundation. This year the foundation will match donations up to $20,000 that are made to Friends of High Park Zoo by June 30, 2015.

The Honey Family Foundation’s generosity has enabled the Friends of High Park Zoo to keep the Zoo open. Their matching funds over three year has raised over $327,000 before this year match up to $20,000. Thank you is not enough to express my gratitude to them.b said Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, who attended the Friends of High Park Zoo AGM where the match campaign was announced.

The funds raised during the match initiative will help improve the Zoo Llama Pen. This pen is a particularly special feature at the Zoo because volunteers open the gates and allow visitors to pet and feed the llamas every weekend and statutory holiday from 11 am to 2 pm starting in April until October.

At 122 years old, High Park Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in North America, and it is in need of new capital improvements such as those that Friends of High Park Zoo are exploring at the Llama Pen. Friends of High Park Zoo is currently working on a Master Plan covering the entire Zoo which will provide a roadmap to ensure it will remain a beautiful community Zoo for the next 120 years to come.

Last year the Honey Family Foundation contributed over $60,000 towards the Honey Match Initiative, helping Friends of High Park Zoo to raise a total of $110,000. These funds will be used for refurbishing, landscaping, and to make new additions to the llama pen. This project will be the first component of the Master Plan which will include input from industry experts and community consultation.

Donations may be made online, by mail or at the Zoo donation station. 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.

High Park Zoo is open from 7am until dusk with free admission. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

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FHPZ Announces 2015 Annual General Meeting

AGM to be held Sunday March 1, 2015 at Howard Park Tennis Club (in Toronto) 2 pm to 4 pm


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Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations for 2015 AGM

Nominations for Eligible Candidates are Due February 15, 2015
AGM to be held Sunday March 1, 2015 at Howard Park Tennis Club (in Toronto) 2 pm to 4 pm
Up to Nine Directors Will be Elected on One and Two-Year Terms


Friends of High Park Zoo is governed by an elected volunteer member Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is comprised of no fewer than five (5) and no more than nine (9) Directors serving either one or two-year terms.B Officer positions include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

This yearbs election will be held at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 1, 2015 at Howard Park Tennis Club – on the east side of High Park in Toronto – from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

To be eligible to be nominated, a Friends of High Park Zoo board candidate must be a Member in good standing, at least eighteen (18) years of age and legally capable of serving as a director of a not-for-profit corporation in Ontario (see details below).B To be eligible as a Member in good standing of Friends of High Park Zoo, either: (a) a donation during 2014 (or by February 15, 2015) must have been made to Friends of High Park Zoo or on behalf of Friends of High Park Zoo to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation; or (b) 10 hours of volunteer time must have been contributed. B (Visit for more information.)B Members can nominate themselves or other Members to be Board candidates.

In 2015, Friends of High Park Zoo will elect up to nine directors: on one and two-year terms. In 2015, the Board is particularly seeking candidates with experience in Fundraising and Grant Writing. A successful candidate will demonstrate general fundraising and grant writing experience as well a background in corporate, foundation and endowment fundraising.

For more information, please visit:

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Cheer with Us at the Scotiabank Marathon


Neighbourhood Charity & Sponsoring Group – Sunday October 19, 2014

bFriends of High Park Zoo Welcome Youb






Friends of High Park Zoo on behalf of the neighbourhood of Swansea-Bloor West Village-High Park welcome runners from across Toronto, Canada and the world. When you reach our cheering station you will be at the Western most point on the route and we will be cheering you on like the party banimalsb that we are!

Friends of High Park Zoo invites everyone to celebrate the Zoobs 121st year with us by cheering runners at the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon. Webre proud to participate b join us on race day!B Funds raised by our Marathon Champions will be used in support of the Zoo.

For more details visit:B B

Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made online:B


Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Bldv., at 13k

Come out and join in the cheering fun at the actual event on October 19th at the bottom of Ellis Ave. & Lakeshore Blvd. at 13k, 8:45 am – 11:15 am on the morning of the race.

Scotia map with location

Features ForB 2014:

Friends of High Park Zoobs cheering station will have a DJ, live entertainment and refreshments.

Itbs a great place for families and friends to celebrate a Toronto tradition and cheer the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon runners on!

Cheer runners from:

8:45 am to 11:15 am

Our Neighbourhood Champions 2014:

Bridget Burns

Charles Jewell

Sean Russell

Mike Hassan

To pledge a donationB on one ofB our runners, visit:B B

Our 2014 Sponsors & Supporters

Interested in sponsoring Friends of High Park Zoo?B For more information, click:B B


EmuB Sponsors

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HighPark Org

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