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Friends of High Park Zoo

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Latest Updates

High Park Zoo is now Open!

June 18, 2021 – High Park Zoo is now open. There is a one-way loop in place and you can only enter via the north gate (near the Grenadier Restaurant).  Please note that COVID opening hours of 11am – 7pm will be in effect. COVID social distancing guidelines also remain in effect: please keep a 2 metre distance from other visitors and zoo workers to allow them to perform their work safely.

High Park Zoo Awarded $2.6M in Project Funding

April 13, 2021: Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the City of Toronto, $2.6 million in Government of Canada and Province of Ontario infrastructure funding has been secured for our $3.6 million High Park Recreational Trail Improvements project in High Park Zoo.
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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  2021.

Unfortunately this decision will impact our 2021 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!

FHPZ

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ABOUT FHPZ

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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VISION, MISSION, VALUES

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

MISSION
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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PARTICIPATE

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

There are also Yellow Donation Boxes located in the Zoo.

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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.

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Latest News

ZOOVIEWS – Learn more about capybaras (live!) – May 15 at 9:00am EST

April 7, 2021|Categories: Events|

ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo's live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert! Join on Saturday, May 15 at 9:00am EST, along with animal expert Dr. Emilio A. Herrera Perez to learn more about capybaras. This talk will be about the capybara - its [...]

ZOOVIEWS – Learn more about animal-assisted intervention (live!) – May 1 at 1:00pm EST

April 7, 2021|Categories: Events|

ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo's live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert! Join on Saturday, May 1 at 1:00pm EST, along with animal expert Dr. Taylor Chastain Griffin to learn more about llamas. This talk will be about the general effects of animal-assisted [...]

ZOOVIEWS – Learn more about caribou/reindeer (live!) – April 17 at 1:00pm EST

April 7, 2021|Categories: Events|

ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo's live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert! Join on Saturday, April 17 at 1:00pm EST, along with animal expert Karly Savoy to learn more about caribou/reindeer. Karly Savoy is an educator and communicator for Parks Canada. She works [...]

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, [...]

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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