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Capybara Pup Names Announced

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Capybara Pup Names Announced

  • The most popular names, as voted by the public are: Alex, Geddy, Neil – for RUSH
  • Public was asked to vote on their favourite trio of names online or at High Park Zoo
  • Voting ran from May 31 until June 19, 2017

TORONTO – June 24, 2017 – Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) and the capybara parents Bonnie & Clyde are pleased to announce the names selected for the triplet pups, as voted by the public: Alex, Geddy, and Neil – after the legendary 3-piece rock band hailing from Toronto.

With their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Order of Canada acclamations, RUSH – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart – have also been known for their local philanthropy, having received the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award earlier this year. In September 2016, the Lee Lifeson Art Park, named after Willowdale natives Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, was opened, and the three members of RUSH were awarded the Key to the City by Toronto Mayor John Tory.

FHPZ believes voters chose well in naming High Park Zoo’s capybaras after RUSH, one of Canada’s gifts to the world. Both are commemorating milestones in 2018; with High Park Zoo celebrating its quasquicentennial (125 years) and RUSH celebrating its 40th anniversary to their 1977 album Farewell to Kings featuring “Closer to the Heart.”
FHPZ would like to thank all those who submitted their suggestions during our campaign this spring; over 12,600 names were received. A short list consisting of ten trios was finalised, and the public was invited to vote on its favourite trio online at www.highparkzoo.ca or in person at the Zoo. The voting period ran from Wednesday, May 31, through to midnight on Monday, June 19 with 44,817 votes cast from around the world. The chosen names were announced on Saturday, June 24, at noon as part of a celebration at the Capybara’s Pen at High Park Zoo.

Details on the Final Votes:
Total Votes Cast: 44,817
The winner is: Alex, Geddy, Neil with 32,519 votes
First runner up: Snap, Crackle, Pop with 9,190 votes
Second runner up: Mocha, Chino, Latte with 704 votes

Background on Bonnie and Clyde
The two capybaras, dubbed Bonnie and Clyde, which escaped from their pen at 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 growing fast and captivating visitors’ attention swimming in their pond.

High Park Zoo is open daily from 7am to dusk, with free admission. During weekends and statutory holidays between April and October, the Llama Pen is open from 11:30 am to 2 pm (weather dependant) 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. Friends of High Park Zoo is 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 www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. All donations of $10 or more through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt. FHPZ would also like to thank our partners at the City of Toronto for their ongoing support of the Zoo’s operations.

Quote from Arif Virani, MP for Parkdale-High Park: “I eagerly anticipate the name reveal for some of High Park Zoo’s newest family members: the capybara triplets. The capybara parents – appropriately nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde – won over not only myself, but all of Toronto last year during their unplanned vacation. Now, safely back at home, I am heartened to see new additions to their furry family, and to see our community come together to name the pups. Evidenced by the over 44,000 votes submitted, the High Park Zoo and the capybara family are a staple in our community here in Parkdale-High Park, and across Toronto.”

Quote from Sarah Doucette, City Councillor Ward 13: “Thank you to everyone who submitted such amazing and imaginative names for the Capybara pups. Over whelmed with the over 44,000 votes from around the world. Thanks for your support of the High Park Zoo.”

Quotes from John Formosa, Chair of FHPZ:
“It was a great event with a real see-saw battle between RUSH fans and fans of the Rice Krispies’ trio. We had over 44,000 voters located all over the globe. It was really quite surprising and bodes well for interest in the always free High Park Zoo. We are hoping that this interest continues to help transform High Park Zoo with planned capital and programming enhancements.”
“Because Canada’s oldest zoo is and has always been free it relies for a large part on donations from the community, locally and at large, as well as foundations and corporations. With over 400 volunteers, Friends of High Park Zoo is dedicated to ensuring that there is always a free zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.”

Contact: Esme Markle info@highparkzoo.ca
Friends of High Park Zoo www.highparkzoo.ca

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Capybara Pup Names Announcement Party!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Capybara Pup Names Announcement Party!

  • Public was asked to vote on their favourite trio of names online or at High Park Zoo
  • Join us for the announcement of the pup’s chosen names on June 24 at noon
  • High Park Zoo is open daily from 7:00 am to dusk

TORONTO – June 17, 2017 – The two capybaras, dubbed Bonnie and Clyde, which escaped from their pen in 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 shortlist consisting of ten trios was finalised, and the public was invited to vote on its favourite trio online at www.highparkzoo.ca or in person at the Zoo. Voting on this shortlist will close at midnight on Monday, June 19. The chosen names will be announced on Saturday, June 24, at noon as part of a celebration at the Capybara’s Pen at High Park Zoo. You are invited to join us for refreshments!

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. Friends of High Park Zoo is 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 www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. All donations of $10 or more through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt.

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Contact:
Esme Markle
Friends of High Park Zoo
info@highparkzoo.ca
www.highparkzoo.ca

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Capybara Pup Naming Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 www.highparkzoo.ca 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 www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. All donations of $10 or more through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt.

 

Contact:
Esme Markle
Friends of High Park Zoo
info@highparkzoo.ca
www.highparkzoo.ca

 

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 – highparkzoo.ca
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.

VISION:
To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.

MISSION:
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.

VALUES:
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

DONATE:
Donations to support High Park Zoo can be made through Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation online, onsite or by mail.
Online:                  highparkzoo.ca/participate/
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

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

VISIT:
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 – torontoparksandtrees.org
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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Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations

Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations

  • Nominations for Eligible Candidates are Due Friday March 3, 2017
  • Up to Five Directors Expected to be Elected on Two-Year Terms
  • AGM to be held Sunday March 26, 2017, 2 pm to 3:30 pm at Howard Park Tennis Club (Toronto)

Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ)

We are seeking inspired and motivated volunteer board members to oversee the activities of our organization for 2017 and 2018 (High Park Zoo’s 125th anniversary). As we further execute our Master Plan to enhance and sustain High Park Zoo, we require directors to steward the undertaking of these improvements including planning, procurement and fundraising. FHPZ currently plans to break ground on Master Plan projects in 2017. For more details, visit https://www.highparkzoo.ca/masterplan/

In 2017, FHPZ expects to elect up to five directors each on two-year terms.

This year’s election will be held at our Annual General Meeting on Sunday March 26, 2017 at Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive – on the east side of High Park in Toronto from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. http://www.howardparktennis.com/about-us/location/

Priority areas for 2017

Each year the Board of FHPZ completes an evaluation of its directors’ skills and experience and identifies its future needs. In light of FHPZ’s strategic plan and organizational performance, the Board prioritizes the skills and abilities most important to fulfilling its governance function over the coming years.

In 2017, the Board is particularly seeking candidates with experience, among other things, in the areas of Fundraising and Grant Writing and Development and Project Management. The Board will make its recommendations based on the extent to which each candidate exhibits experience in the priority areas and other attributes. See Experience below.

Next Steps

If you (or a Member that supports your nomination) are eligible and believe you align with the Vision, Mission and Values of FHPZ and have the passion and experience to be an effective Board member, please nominate yourself (or a Member) by submitting your resume and a cover letter (the Member’s contact information) by Friday March 3, 2017 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. References may be requested. See Eligibility below.

All applications must be submitted electronically to: board@highparkzoo.ca

If you have any questions regarding this process please contact John Formosa, Chair FHPZ Board of Directors, at board@highparkzoo.ca

Overview Of FHPZ Board

FHPZ 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. Officer positions include: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Eligibility

To be eligible to be nominated, a FHPZ 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).

To be eligible as a Member in good standing of FHPZ, a donation during 2016 (or by March 3, 2017) must have been made to FHPZ or on behalf of FHPZ to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. (Visit https://www.highparkzoo.ca/participate for more information.) Members can nominate themselves or other Members to be Board candidates.

Experience

FHPZ was formed in 2012 to raise the necessary funds to ensure that the Zoo remained open in the wake of City budget cuts. FHPZ is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo. FHPZ is seeking Board candidate nominations of individuals with one or more of the following areas of expertise:

  1. Not-for-Profit Organization Experience: Board or executive level experience in one or more not-for-profit corporations.
  2. Governance Experience: Recent board experience with one or more organizations (for-profit or not-for-profit).
  3. Organizational Leadership: Experience and direct responsibility with employees and/or volunteers.
  4. Financial Acumen: Experience and responsibility in the preparation, interpretation and dissemination of financial reports, budgets and statements and coordinating with the organization’s auditors.
  5. Fundraising and Grant Writing: Experience in leading diverse fundraising activities and targeting, writing and applying for operating and capital grants.
  6. Development and Project Management: Experience in the development and management of capital projects.
  7. Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility: Knowledge and experience with sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility, including an understanding of key trends and developments.
  8. Communications and Media: Experience in communications and media strategy (creating, disseminating, etc.).
  9. Legal Background: General legal experience; an understanding of legal obligations of organizations and not-for-profit organizations.

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, emus and sheep.

The Zoo is free to the public and attracts over 720,000 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 FHPZ – highparkzoo.ca

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. Since 2015, FHPZ has embarked on a Master Plan to enhance and sustain the Zoo for the next 125 years.

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.

VISION: To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.

MISSION: 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.

VALUES:
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

Duties and Responsibilities of Board Members – Friends of High Park Zoo

Independently, as a Director, and collectively, as a member of the Board of Directors, a Friends of High Park Zoo (“FHPZ”) Board member assumes responsibility for:

  • setting the appropriate direction (and monitoring achievement of that direction);
  • overseeing FHPZ operations (and ensuring effective and efficient processes);
  • maintaining a strong financial position and appropriate risk management;
  • for FHPZ, by providing leadership, advice, direction and support to the organization, its members and its volunteers (and staff, if any).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Communication and Preparation
    • Prepare for meetings by reading material distributed in advance, and by gathering whatever information may be required or requested by agreed on deadlines;
    • Be reasonably accessible and responsive, both by phone and by e-mail, to other Board members and key volunteers and stakeholders, as needed;
    • Attend and participate in all board meetings, except where absence is unavoidable. Listen and be respectful of other board members’ opinions; and
    • Be reasonably familiar with all by-law provisions, especially those defining the roles of Directors and Officers and setting out requirements for the removal and replacement of same
  2. Time Commitment
    • Be prepared to contribute at least 8 hours per month on average working for FHPZ (typically 2 hours for board meetings; 4 hours volunteer time, including committee meetings; 2 hours background and preparation).
    • Maintain current knowledge of programs and major issues related to the FHPZ and to the Zoo itself
  3. Set Appropriate Direction
    • (i) Provide expertise, guidance, and collaboration to board members (and staff, if any) regarding initiatives that align with the organization’s goals and initiatives and its strategic plan or business plan.
    • (ii) Assume responsibility for at least one primary area of expertise relevant to the Board’s activities and/or the strategic or business plan, and make sure that the appropriate goals and deliverables are met, and that progress and changes are regularly communicated.
    • Work with other Board members to identify and respond to key opportunities in a timely fashion
  4. Resources and Risk Management
    • Work with other Board member to ensure that key risks are identified and mitigated
    • Ensure that appropriate financial controls are in place and maintained
    • Assist in fundraising, for instance by soliciting the financial support of others; and
    • Set an example by making a significant personal contribution in time and/or money to the organization.
  5. General
    • Serve as an advocate of FHPZ for the public and build relationships within the community and amongst stakeholders.
    • Act with loyalty to FHPZ, its Vision, Mission and Values. Immediately disclose any real or potential conflict of interest, as required by the by-laws.
    • Maintain and protect the confidentiality of confidential information given to the board.
    • Ensure effective operations, succession planning and continuity by identifying potential volunteers as well as candidates for the board or its committees. 

Required Legal Qualifications of a Director Under Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA)

A director must be:

  • An individual;
  • Eighteen years of age or older;
  • A person who has not been found incapable of managing property under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 or the Mental Health Act;
  • A person who has not been found incapable by any court in Canada or elsewhere;
  • Not bankrupt.

The by-laws may have additional qualifications. Refer to section 23 of ONCA.

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Master Plan – Now On Youtube

Curious about our Master Plan? Check out our new video!

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Cheer on Friends of High Park Zoo!

On Sunday October 16, 2016 from 8:45 am to 11:15 am, Friends of High Park Zoo will host a cheering station for the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, where the Zoo’s neighbours and supporters can celebrate and cheer on the runners.

Pledges made in support of High Park Zoo’s champion runners will support High Park Zoo and its Master Plan to improve the Zoo’s animal shelters and public spaces. To make a donation, please visit www.highparkzoo.ca. The Master Plan will ensure Toronto’s community zoo is a free, family-oriented hub for environmental education for generations to come.

For those who can’t make it to the cheering station during the marathon, the llama pen at High Park Zoo will be open from 11am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of October.

Friends of High Park Zoo wishes to thank the sponsors and supporters of the cheering station.

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FHPZ Unveils Master Plan for High Park Zoo

It Starts With A Plan, A Master Plan

On Thursday January 28, 2016 at High Park Forest School following months of collaboration with our stakeholders, Friends of High Park Zoo unveiled its High Park Zoo Master Plan. Click here for more details Master Plan Page.

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High Park Zoo Master Plan Final Presentation

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. 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 Final Public Meeting will focus on presenting the final Master Plan Concept. The Master Plan Concept is the result of input and consultation with the public, government stakeholders and industry experts. It represents a vision for improving the visitor experience, enhancing educational opportunities, increasing accessibility, operations and making the zoo a better place for people and its animal residents.

Date:B Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location:B High Park Forest School, Colborne Lodge Drive, Toronto, ON

The High Park Forest School is located just inside the main entrance of High Park. The Forest School is fully accessible and bike parking is available.

Directions:

Public transit:B Take the subway to High Park Station and enter the Park at Colborne Lodge Drive.

Driving: From Bloor Street West: Enter the Park at Colborne Lodge Dr. and follow the one-way loop around West Rd., back to Colborne Lodge Dr. to the Forest School, just past the tennis courts.

From Lake Shore Blvd: Drive north on Parkside Dr. and make a left turn into the park at High Park Blvd. Turn right on Centre Rd., then right on Colborne Lodge Dr. to the Forest School, just past the tennis courts.

From The Queensway: Get onto Lake Shore Blvd. at Ellis Ave. or Colborne Lodge Dr. and follow the directions from Lake Shore Blvd.

There is no access to the Forest School from Colborne Lodge Drive at The Queensway entrance.
Passenger drop-off and limited parking is available within the Park.B Paid on-street parking is available on Bloor Street.

Further Information:
If you are interested in participating but cannot attend in person, please visit our website highparkzoo.ca to view presentation materials. Any comments, ideas or for more information contact the Friends of High Park Zoo at board@highparkzoo.ca

All information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All comments will become part of the public record, except for personal information.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND ESPECIALLY CHILDREN AND YOUTH

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FHPZ Launches I Love High Park Zoo Video

Friends of High Park Zoo has launched I Love High Park Zoo, a video that captures the unique spirit of the zoo. Directed by Simone Stock, Vice Chair of Friends of High Park Zoo, the video stars some of the animals and the families who love frequenting the oldest free zoo in North America. Check it out at http://www.deondesigns.com/highparkzoo2/videos/

High Park Zoo has witnessed remarkable growth in popularity since it was literally saved from closure in 2012. High Park Zoo has seen record attendance growth up 38% from last year to 673,000* visitors in 2015. B This is in large part due to awareness generated by Friends of High Park Zoo and its many volunteers and partners.

Friends of High Park Zoo, in partnership with the City of Toronto, has also embarked on a Master Plan process which aims to plan capital and experience enhancements over the next several years while respecting the heritage of High Park Zoo. The draft Master Plan is scheduled to be presented at a public meeting held at the Forest School in High Park on Wednesday December 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. All are welcome.

* Figures are year-to-date to October 27th 2015 versus the same period in 2014.

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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 http://leannedavies.com/store/starry-night-flyer-roncesvalles-2015-giclee-print/ 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.

Background:

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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