Really the High Park Zoo?

This weekend the family and I visited the High Park Zoo. We saw a letter posted at the gates indicating that as of July 2012 the High Park Zoo will be closed. Bummer.

My family and I kept walking and bitched about the craziness of it all, then we resolved ourselves to enjoy the moment and smiled as the kids squealed with delight over seeing the animals on a cold winter's day. It was a moment. 

I reflected as we walked up the hill that this may be the last time we get to do this. My son, always seeing the bright side of things (as the young do) said... "Mommy we have until June to visit the zoo". Yup. He's right. Months away.

On the way home my son asked me "Mommy why is Rob Ford doing this?

I swear I am not making this up.... I laughed at how he knew the Mayor of Toronto's name - mainly from hearing my husband and I talking about all the cuts he has been suggesting and planning and well just the plain drama of Rob Ford in all his glory. He is an interesting subject to discuss.

I really didn't know how to answer my son's question. I just don't get it. There is no logic. The amount of savings that the zoo closure will result in is a drop in the bucket. Surely there are better cuts to be made that don't effect the quality of life.  One less free thing to do in the City with your family. It seems I am not alone in my thoughts of this - Councillor Doucette, the High Park Councillor explains how she tried to save the Zoo & was deemed out of order.

Apparently the Zoo has quite the history that perhaps Rob Ford doesn't share. Check out this photo of folks in the 1900's enjoying the zoo....

Well that's my sad rant on the closing of the Toronto Zoo. Please share your thoughts on closing of the zoo. I am curious to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below :) 

Photo credit: National Post



  1. well if the city can't afford to pay for the zoo...shouldn't local residence perhaps start fund raising? Thoughts? Corinne Harper Jones

  2. I am very sad about the closing of the High Park Zoo. I am intending to call Peter Milczyn's office as soon as I get a chance to tell him just how disappointed I am.  I took Julia there regularly!!  Did you know saving the zoo would only cost 10 cents per citizen?   They are getting rid of the Riverdale Farm as well.  I know this may not be a popular viewpoint, but I wish they would bring back the vehicle registration tax and stop cutting things like this.  If people can afford to own a car and fill up the gas tank, surely they can afford $60 once a year, which would go towards things like this.


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