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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!

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

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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

Trio of baby capybaras at Toronto zoo named after Rush's members

June 27, 2017|Categories: In The News|

Rush's Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart have received many honors during their long career, including induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, but a newly announced accolade from Toronto's High Park Zoo is perhaps the band's most unique. A trio of baby capybaras -- [...]

Runaway Toronto capybaras’ triplets named Geddy, Neil and Alex after Rush members

June 25, 2017|Categories: In The News|

Last May, a pair of capybaras (the largest rodents in the world, which CBC says “resemble oversize tail-less beavers“) decided to choose free will, escaping Toronto’s High Park Zoo, and their headlong flight lasted for weeks. One was caught last June 12, but the other anarchist stayed free for another [...]

'Capybabies' Of Toronto's Famous Capybaras Named After Rush Band Members

June 25, 2017|Categories: In The News|

TORONTO — The offspring of Toronto's wandering capybaras now have names — Alex, Geddy and Neil, for members of the band, Rush. The High Park Zoo says the "capybabies" were born in February to famed escape artists Bonnie and Clyde.  The elder capybaras, which resemble oversized tail-less beavers, became celebrities [...]

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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