High Park Zoo welcomes baby kangaroo
May 15, 2013
Bloor West Villager
One of the High Park Zoobs latest additions has made an appearance in recent weeks, much to the delight of visitors to the popular family spot.
A baby kangaroo has popped its head out to get a peek of its new home, Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette said.
“This joey was born sometime in December and only over the last few weeks has stuck its head out of its mother’s pouch,” said Doucette, who was at the zoo on Wednesday to see the little marsupial, born to mom, Sydney and dad, Taz.
Another draw to the zoo is the llama pen at the zoo, which is open until Sunday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be various activities, in addition to the opportunity to feed the llamas. Zoo colouring books, buttons and peacock feathers are available for a donation. All funds are going toward keeping the zoo open. For the second year in a row, the Honey Family Foundation has pledged to match dollar for dollar to a maximum of $50,000.
“We have raised approximately $50,000 towards the match so far,” said Doucette.
Since February of last year, residents have donated more than $100,000 towards saving the zoo. Meanwhile, Friends of High Park Zoo, the advocacy group formed in response to keeping the tourist attraction open, raised more than $139,000. Residents will be able to double their donation until June 15. To operate in 2013, the zoo needs $228,000, which is funded only by public donations.
To make a donation, visit torontoparksandtrees.org/high-park-zoo
~ Lisa Rainford