Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ), a non-profit group, was formed in March 2012 to increase awareness of the Zoo and to raise the emergency funds necessary for its survival. When Toronto City Council voted to reinstate the operating funds to the Zoo as of January 1, 2014, FHPZ turned its focus to enhancing the Zoo. We have long been a staple destination for residents, and especially families with young children, in the High Park area with over 700,000 visitors in 2015. Entry and our programming are always free of cost, which makes us one of the more accessible places to visit in the city.
VISION: To ensure there is always a free community zoo in High Park for families to enjoy.
MISSION: To enhance High Park Zoo for the benefit of all visitors by leading activities that engage the community, while promoting education, awareness and fundraising for the Zoo.
Accountable – we will be responsible, transparent and accountable to all of our stakeholders
Professional – we will at all times conduct ourselves in a manner that is both professional and respectful
Collaborate – we will work collectively with each other and others in order to achieve our goals
Community Oriented – we will engage in initiatives and activities that support High Park Zoo and the community
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, wallabies, emus and sheep. The Zoo is free to the public and attracts over 600,000 visitors each year. The Zoo is open every day from 7:00 am to dusk. The Llama Pen is open weekends and statutory holidays allowing visitors to feed and pet the llamas from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm beginning in March until the end of October.