High Park Zoo

FHPZ Launches I Love High Park Zoo Video

Friends of High Park Zoo has launched I Love High Park Zoo, a video that captures the unique spirit of the zoo. Directed by Simone Stock, Vice Chair of Friends of High Park Zoo, the video stars some of the animals and the families who love frequenting the oldest free zoo in North America. Check it out at http://www.deondesigns.com/highparkzoo2/videos/

High Park Zoo has witnessed remarkable growth in popularity since it was literally saved from closure in 2012. High Park Zoo has seen record attendance growth up 38% from last year to 673,000* visitors in 2015. B This is in large part due to awareness generated by Friends of High Park Zoo and its many volunteers and partners.

Friends of High Park Zoo, in partnership with the City of Toronto, has also embarked on a Master Plan process which aims to plan capital and experience enhancements over the next several years while respecting the heritage of High Park Zoo. The draft Master Plan is scheduled to be presented at a public meeting held at the Forest School in High Park on Wednesday December 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. All are welcome.

* Figures are year-to-date to October 27th 2015 versus the same period in 2014.

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Deloitte Impact Day at High Park Zoo

On Friday October 3rd,B thousands of Deloitte Canada employees from coast to coast volunteered with a variety of charity projectsB across the country.B A team of 15 ambitious Deloitte employees volunteered their day to helpB Friends of High Park ZooB enhance our Marketing & Fundraising Strategy with a specific focus on Community Engagement & Social Media awareness.

Thanks to all the great ideas, innovative insights and time commitment in helping the FoHPZ support and enhance the zoo experience.

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Deloitte Impact Day with Friends of High Park Zoo

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Grandparents Day in High Park Zoo

TORONTO Sept 2, 2014
On Sunday September 7, 2014 come celebrate Grandparent day with your family at High Park Zoo. From 11 am to 2 pm, visitors may pet and feed the llamas, pet rabbits, and colour at the Zoo llama pen. High Park Zoo is open daily, free of charge, from 7am until dusk. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

High Park Zoo has been open for 120 years and is one of the oldest zoos in North America. The Zoo is located in High Park, a short walk from the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground and Grenadier Restaurant. Free parking available near the Zoobs entrances.

There are many other activities taking place on Grandparentsb day in High Park Zoo including an Afternoon Tea at Grenadier Restaurant, walking tours led by Colborne Lodge staff and activities at the High Park Nature Centre.

For those who canbt make it to High Park Zoo for Grandparentsb Day, they can still enjoy the llama pen activities from 11 am to 2 pm on weekends and holidays until the end of October.

Donations to support High Park Zoo may be made to Friends of High Park Zoo in person at the Zoo donation stations, by mail or online. Donation instructions are located at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization. Their current focus is to improve the Zoo through new capital projects.

Grandparents' Day 2014 Poster

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Run in support of High Park Zoo during this year’s Scotiabank marathon

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July 11, 204: Bloor West Villager

The Friends of High Park Zoo is looking for a few good runners (or not-so-good runners).

The group is seeking runners in this year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to run and fundraise in the name of animals that call the zoo home.

Consider this: the Toronto Zoo attracted as many as 1.4 million visitors last year while the High Park Zoo, at a fraction of the size, attracted more than 500,000 visitors in 2013, said Friends of High Park Zoo vice-chair Simone Stock.

Torontonians managed successfully to keep the zoo from closure in the wake of the citybs decision to cut funding in 2012, raising more than $340,000 to keep the zoo in operation over the past two years. Since the zoo’s funding was restored at the end of January, Friends has turned its attention to capital projects to enhance and sustain the facility.

“The zoo is desperate for capital improvements,” Stock said.

The goal is to enhance the zoo for both animals and visitors. This includes creating a much larger watering hole for the llamas so they can cool off in hot weather and update their stable.

The goal is also to re-do the surface of the front of the pen where visitors go in to feed the llamas,

The Friends of High Park Zoo is in the midst of a fundraising match campaign with help from the Honey Family Foundation.

Over the past two years, the Honey Family Foundation matching initiatives have raised more than $200,000 in support of the zoo. This year, the organization has agreed to increase the size of the matching program by 20 per cent to $60,000. If friends can raise $60,000 by the end of June, the Honey Family Foundation will match the funds for a total of $120,000.

Friends is just under half way to reaching its goal of $60,000. Given the late start this year due to weather, the deadline has been extended to July 31.

As part of the annual waterfront marathon, the Friends of High Park Zoo will host a neighbourhood cheering section to encourage not only those running in the name of the zoo, but all participants on Oct. 14.

“It’s a fun, community event that takes place on the waterfront,” Stock said.

Anyone interested in running for the High Park Zoo can contact Stock atB insurgent.simone@gmail.com

For further details, visitB www.highparktoronto.com/zoo

Click here to see the article by Inside Toronto.

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Friends of High Park Zoo Initiative Raises $110,000

TORONTO Aug 27, 2014
Friends of High Park Zoo primary fundraiser for 2014, the Honey Family Foundation Matching Initiative concluded on July 31, 2014. Thanks to the generous support of our donors and the Honey Family Foundation, which matched community donations, Friends of High Park Zoo raised $110,000 to help improve the Zoo llama pen, where Honey the llama calls home.

Of the $110,000 raised, $50,000 was donated by community members, and the Honey Family Foundation contributed $60,000. Collectively the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative helped raise over $327,000 to support the Zoo since the launch of the initiative in 2012, when City funding for the Zoo was withdrawn. Their continued support was essential in the effort to save High Park Zoo.

“Thank you does not even begin to show my appreciation to the Honey Family Foundation for believing in the Friends of High Park Zoo and the residents of Toronto. Without their matching fund these past three years we may have seen the Zoo close after 120 years. Thank you to every resident who has donated to match these funds.b said Councillor Sarah Doucette

Now that High Park Zoo operating costs have been returned to the City budget, every penny raised by Friends of High Park Zoo will go towards enhancing the Zoo, primarily through capital projects that include landscaping, refurbishing the current llama pen and creating new additions.

The success of our 2014 matching initiative would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers, who opened the llama pens so families could interact with the animals every weekend, and who continue to help in any way they can, said Janet Evans, member of the Friends of High Park Zoo Board of Directors. We would like to thank everyone who donated and helped raise awareness and support for High Park Zoo.

The llama pen will continue to be open from 11 am to 2 pm on weekends and holidays until the end of October. High Park Zoo is open every day from 7 am until dusk with free admission. The Zoo is home to a variety of animal species from around the world including bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, emus and sheep.

While the Honey Family Foundation Match Initiative has concluded, donations may still be made in person at the Zoo donation stations, by mail or online. Donation instructions are located at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. Friends of High Park Zoo is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization.

 

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