Although High Park is located in the heart of a really busy urban space, it is home to an incredible variety of wildlife! You see and hear many birds, lots of insects are busy crawling or flying, and sometimes snakes are slithering by your feet. Let’s not forget about the mammals that run, jump, and climb all over the park!
It is always an exciting thing to see any of the resident animals but there are also some special cases where you come across an animal that doesn’t necessarily live in High Park but that likes to pass through.
On a sunny Thursday afternoon in June, some students from St. Mary of the Angels C.S. came with their class to the High Park Nature Centre to explore the Black Oak Savannah. While in the savannah our staff leaders and the group were pleasantly surprised to see an exciting park passer-by on a stroll down one of High Park’s trails: A White-tailed deer!
Despite what one would expect, White-tailed deer are not residents of High Park. Because of that, sightings of these larger mammals don’t happen that often. However, when they do happen, it is no doubt a memorable moment. It certainly was for our staff leaders and the school group!
So how do the deer get here? Well, these gentle High Park visitors are thought to arrive by making their way through Toronto’s ravine system and along the Humber River.
Keep an eye out for White-tailed deer on your next High Park visit!