Join Friends of High Park Zoo For:
Grandparents Day at High Park Zoo
Sunday September 8, 2013 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Come Celebrate Grandparents Day at High Park Zoo b Runs from 11 am to 3 pm
- We Will Have both Animal and Special Activities For Visitors of All Ages
- High Park Zoo is celebrating 120 years in 2013. Support our 120 Years of High Park Zoo Initiative
= Donate online through TPTF to ensure that High Park Zoo is here for another 120 years
TORONTO, August 30, 2013
Friends of High Park Zoo today invites all Grandparents and their families to celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday September 8, 2013 at High Park Zoo. Come visit our wonderful animals such as our llama Honey, our wallaby Zoomer and all of their High Park Zoo friends. We will have special activities including a fire truck and storyteller that will appeal to the kid in all of us. Also representatives from CARP will be in attendance.
Please don’t forget that we need your help to support the Zoo which is funded by donations received by Friends of High Park Zoo. Support our 120 Years of High Park Zoo initiative where our goal is to raise $120,000 needed for the Zoo’s continued operations which cost $228,000 annually. Major benefactors to date in 2013 include: the Honey Family Foundation ($50,000), Moses Znaimer ($10,000), CUPE 79 ($7,000), and Grenadier Group ($5,000).
Our initiative has a dual focus. Firstly, we need the support of the thousands of visitors to the Zoo in order to ensure the Zoobs operating costs go back into the 2014 City budget. Please sign our petition (on location or online at highparkzoo.ca) to ensure the City is aware of our request. Secondly, we need to raise $120,000 to ensure the Zoo continues to service our community for another 120 years. Please continue to support High Park Zoo by donating directly or through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation for a charitable tax receipt.
Our 120 Years of High Park Zoo not only celebrates the longevity and legacy of High Park Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in North America and one where admission is free, it seeks the support from the thousands of visitors who enjoy the Zoo each year.
Funds to operate the Zoo were provided by the City of Toronto through two World Wars, the Great Depression and all through the economic ups and downs of the last half century. Only in 2012 did the City eliminate funding for the Zoo. Since then Friends of High Park Zoo has stepped in to raise the funds to keep the Zoo operating.