Toronto – March 3, 2015 – For the fourth year in a row, Friends of High Park Zoo has launched its Honey Match Initiative thanks to the generous support of the Honey Family Foundation. This year the foundation will match donations up to $20,000 that are made to Friends of High Park Zoo by June 30, 2015.
“The Honey Family Foundation’s generosity has enabled the Friends of High Park Zoo to keep the Zoo open. Their matching funds over three year has raised over $327,000 before this year’s match up to $20,000. Thank you is not enough to express my gratitude to them.” said Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, who attended the Friends of High Park Zoo AGM where the match campaign was announced.
The funds raised during the match initiative will help improve the Zoo’s Llama Pen. This pen is a particularly special feature at the Zoo because volunteers open the gates and allow visitors to pet and feed the llamas every weekend and statutory holiday from 11 am to 2 pm starting in April until October.
At 122 years old, High Park Zoo is one of the oldest Zoos in North America, and it is in need of new capital improvements such as those that Friends of High Park Zoo are exploring at the Llama Pen. Friends of High Park Zoo is currently working on a Master Plan covering the entire Zoo which will provide a roadmap to ensure it will remain a beautiful community Zoo for the next 120 years to come.
Last year the Honey Family Foundation contributed over $60,000 towards the Honey Match Initiative, helping Friends of High Park Zoo to raise a total of $110,000. These funds will be used for refurbishing, landscaping, and to make new additions to the llama pen. This project will be the first component of the Master Plan which will include input from industry experts and community consultation.
Donations may be made online, by mail or at the Zoo donation station. Donation instructions are located at online at www.HighParkZoo.ca/participate. All donations of $10 or more through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (directed toward High Park Zoo) will receive a tax receipt.
High Park Zoo is open from 7am 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.