Friends of High Park Zoo

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Notice – Zoo Closure

March 8, 2021: We have been advised that while Toronto is in the Grey Zone the zoo will remain closed. We will update this page as well as Facebook as additional information becomes available.

NOTICE – Zoo Closure

Effective November 23, High Park Zoo will be closed to visitors by Provincial Order due to COVID-19 precautions. This is anticipated to last for at least 28 days. The Zoo’s staff is on site to care for the animals. We will update this page as well as Facebook as additional information becomes available.

Update – Llama Pen Activities

In order to ensure that our visitors, volunteers, zookeepers and animals remain as safe as possible, we made the difficult decision to not operate the llama pen activities in  2020.

Unfortunately this decision will impact our 2020 fundraising by $30,000. We are raising funds to enhance the Zoo under a phased capital Master Plan. If you are in a position to do so, please consider making a donation here.

Thank you and stay safe!




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 now looks to raise sustainable funding from individuals, corporations and local businesses to enhance and sustain the Zoo.

FHPZ is still raising funds towards Phase 2 of our multi-phased Master Plan. This phase will include the removal of the asphalt roadway and concrete curbs, the installation of bioswales, rain gardens, raised beds, the planting of more trees and the expansion of the Bison enclosure.

FHPZ is a registered not-for-profit corporation created expressly to generate support for High Park Zoo. FHPZ accepts donations directly and through DonateTO (operated by the City of Toronto).

Please check our calendar frequently for a list of special events at the Zoo. The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 a.m. to dusk. The Llama Pen is open to the public on weekends and statutory holidays, weather permitting, allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 2:00 p.m. beginning in April until the end of October.

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

To support High Park Zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while advancing education and awareness of the Zoo.

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For information on how to make donations that will support High Park Zoo, please visit our donation page.

There are also onsite Donation Stations in High Park located outside the Llama Pen and the Grenadier Café.

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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.

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Latest News

The High Park capybaras enthralled the city after their famous escape

January 7, 2020|Categories: In The News|

The High Park capybaras enthralled the city after their famous escape. Now, they’ve embraced the quiet life As the decade comes to a close, the Star looks back at some of its most captivating stories and reveals what’s been happening in the meantime. The door to the yard swings open, [...]

Earth Hour Walk

March 17, 2019|Categories: Events|

Please join Friends of High Park Zoo and Green 13 on Saturday, March 30 for their Earth Hour Walk through High Park Zoo. Meet at the Grenadier Restaurant at 8 pm for some hot chocolate before the walk which starts at 8:30 pm.

FHPZ is Seeking Board of Director Nominations

February 13, 2018|Categories: Events, General|Tags: |

Friends of High Park Zoo is Seeking Qualified Board of Directors Nominations Nominations for Eligible Candidates are Due Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 6:00 pm ET Priority Areas are Experience in Fundraising or Graphic Design Up to Three Directors to be Elected on Two-Year Terms AGM date TBD at the [...]

Thank You For Your Support!

During this unprecedented time, as the physical distance among us becomes greater, so too, does the importance of shared experience. When this is behind us, our work of inspiring connection, curiosity and new understanding will continue in earnest, as will our contributions to the fabric of our community. We thank you for your support and understanding, and ask that as individuals, families and communities, we continue to pull together.


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