The Wildlife Conservation Society is asking families across NYC to lace-up their running shoes and join the 2012 “Run for the Wild” at the Bronx Zoo. Taking place Saturday, April 28, this years 5k-run/walk is dedicated to saving lions and their habitats across Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.
Participants can choose from two events:
- The 5k run for individual runners at 8:00 a.m.;
- The Family Fun Run/Walk for casual runners and walkers at 8:45 a.m.
The event promises an exciting day for runners and walkers with plenty of post-run festivities including refreshments, music, children’s activities, and more.
After the run, participants are invited to stay and enjoy the zoo and its animal residents for the rest of the day. Everyone is encouraged to visit the Bronx Zoo’s famous African Plains exhibit where they can see African lions and many of their prey species like zebras, Thomson’s gazelles, nyala, giraffes, and more. There are many other wonderful exhibits to visit including Tiger Mountain, Madagascar!, Congo Gorilla Forest, and JungleWorld. Complimentary parking and admission will be provided.
WCS’s Run for the Wild registration is now open. Registration for the run is $35 for adults, $25 for children (3–15), and $25 for seniors (65+). Participants are encouraged to seek individual sponsors for their run, and all adult (and senior) participants are required to raise a minimum of at least $30 in order to participate.
Prizes will be awarded to those who meet various fundraising goals. For $30 in pledges, runners will earn a WCS Run for the Wild T-shirt; $60 earns a plush lion; $125 earns a water bottle; $275 earns a Jackrabbit Sports gift card and a New York Yankees cap; $600 earns a gym bag; $1500 earns a breakfast and a special Bronx Zoo animal experience.
The Wildlife Conservation Society works around the globe to save wildlife and wild places. Lions are an iconic species and symbolic of strength. Today, fewer than 30,000 remain. Over the last 50 years, their range has collapsed catastrophically to a relatively small number of countries and protected areas. The lions of Asia have been all but wiped out. Today, Asiatic lions exist only on a single reserve, the Gir Forest in India. North Africa lost all of their lions a century ago and they have been steadily disappearing in other parts of the continent. There are few places conservationists would consider a safe haven for the species.
For more information, to register, or to sponsor a runner/team, visit Run for the Wild.
By: Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg