Bronx, N.Y. – April 23, 2018 – The 2018 WCS Run for the Wild marks the 10th anniversary of the Bronx Zoo’s 5K event dedicated to saving wildlife and wild places.  The annual 5K race and family fun run/walk scheduled for Saturday, April 28.  Runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters are invited to participate.


Each year, WCS Run for the Wild is committed to raising awareness of the threats facing wildlife while raising money to help WCS conservation work at the Bronx Zoo and around the world. This year, people are running and walking on behalf of big cats.


Since its inception in 2009, more than more than 46,000 people have participated at the Bronx Zoo.


The 5k race for individual runners will begin at 8:00 a.m.; casual runners and walkers can take part in the Family Fun Run/Walk at 8:45 a.m.


More than 5,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate. 


What:  10th annual WCS Run for the Wild

            5k run and family fun run/walk


Who:  Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo


When: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Runners start at 8:00 a.m.

Casual runners and walkers start at 8:45 a.m.

Media check-in begins at 7:00 a.m. at the VIP tent


Where: WCS’s Bronx Zoo

Bronx River Entrance (Exit 6 off Bronx River Parkway)



**Media note(s):

Members of the media who wish to cover the event are asked to contact Max Pulsinelli at 718-220-5182; 571-218-7601 (cell); or so that reserved parking and in-park transportation can be arranged.


Members of the media should check-in at the media/VIP tent in the zoo’s Bronx River parking lot prior to the race.


The Bronx River entrance (located off of Exit 7 of the Bronx River Parkway) is the entrance that should be used for access to the event.


WCS Run for the Wild is made possible by these generous sponsors:


Presented by:                          Con Edison


Featured Sponsor:                  Montefiore Health System


Supporting Sponsors:             ABC-7; Coca-Cola; Empire BlueCross BlueShield; Spring Bank


About the Bronx Zoo: The Bronx Zoo, located on 265 acres of hardwood forest in Bronx, NY, opened on Nov. 8, 1899. It is world-renowned for its leadership in the areas of animal welfare, husbandry, veterinarian care, education, science and conservation. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the flagship park of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) which manages the world’s largest network of urban wildlife parks including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium. Our curators and animal care staff work to save, propagate, and sustain populations of threatened and endangered species. We have educated and inspired more than 400 million visitors at our zoos and aquarium since our opening and host approximately 4 million guests at our parks each year – including about a half-million students annually. The Bronx Zoo is the largest youth employer in the borough of the Bronx, providing opportunity and helping to transform lives in one of the most under-served communities in the nation. The Bronx Zoo is featured in Animal Planet’s television series, THE ZOO. Members of the media should contact (718-220-5182) or (347-840-1242) for more information or with questions.