• Second Annual “Run for the Wild” 5k and Family Fun Run at WCS’s Bronx Zoo, Presented by Con Edison
  • Top individual and team fundraisers can win VIP animal encounters
  • All participants invited to meet-and-greet with former Pro Bowl running back, Tiki Barber
  • Get a photo with the New York Yankee’s 2009 World Series trophy

Registration is now open at www.wcs.runforthewild.org

Event Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bronx, N.Y. – March 23, 2010 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s second annual “Run for the Wild,” on Saturday, April 24 at the Bronx Zoo, is right around the corner and the stakes just got a little higher:  Special prizes for those individuals and teams that raise the most money.

This year’s “Run for the Wild” 5k and family fun run through WCS’s Bronx Zoo is dedicated to helping save tigers.  Participants that raise the most money can win VIP animal encounters including:

For the top individual fundraiser:

Tiger Breakfast:  Get a closer look at the big cats when your party of 10 gets a personalized tour of Tiger Mountain. You’ll meet a tiger expert and discover how training, toys, and foraging games help the big cats stay fit and stimulated. Your visit includes breakfast and VIP passes to enjoy a full day at the zoo.

For the top team fundraisers:

First Prize – Giraffe Breakfast:  Step right up to our 20-foot tall feeding station where you’ll be on eye-level with the zoo’s tallest residents. Enjoy a catered breakfast while you take turns feeding the giraffes their morning meal of leaves. This experience is limited to 10 people and includes VIP passes to enjoy a full day at the zoo.

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Second Prize – Animal Meet-and-Greet:  Get up-close and personal with animal ambassadors from the zoo’s education collection. Your morning meeting may include a fennec fox, a tortoise, a hornbill, or a porcupine. Don’t forget the camera. This experience is limited to 10 people and includes VIP passes to enjoy a full day at the zoo.

After the run, all participants are invited to enjoy the zoo for the rest of the day.  Stop and visit with the official “Run for the Wild” starter, former Pro Bowl running back Tiki Barber.

Additionally, as a special treat for this year’s runners, the New York Yankees’ 2009 World Series Championship trophy will be on display from noon to 3pm in Zoo Center.

Online registration is $30 for adults.  Complimentary parking and admission will be provided. Those who are unable to participate in the event can still help by making a donation online or sponsoring a runner or a team.  All pledges and donations provide much needed support for WCS field staff working to ensure a future for these beautiful endangered great cats.

For more information, to register, or to sponsor a runner, visit www.wcs.runforthewild.org

WCS’s Run for the Wild is made possible by the following generous sponsors: 

Presented by:  Con Edison

Supported by:  Aquafina, Benjamin Moore Paints, EDUN LIVE, Monroe College, Montefiore Medical Center, UBS

Media Partners:  Daily News, WABC, Z-100

Promotional Partner:  New York Sports Clubs

In-Kind Partner:  D'Agostino

Max Pulsinelli – 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org
Steve Fairchild – 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org

The Wildlife Conservation Society Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King Day.  Adult admission is $15, children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. WCS’s Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

The decisions of the Wildlife Conservation Society (“WCS”) are final in all matters relating to this contest, and the declaration of winners shall be at WCS’s sole discretion. Employees, officers, trustees and agents of WCS and the immediate families and those living in the same household of any of the above are not eligible. Winners will be required to execute a liability and publicity release. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. Prizes will be redeemed at a date to be determined. At WCS’s sole discretion, a prize of equal or greater value may be substituted for any prize that becomes unavailable for any reason. WCS reserves the right, in it sole discretion, to cancel or modify the contest for any reason or no reason. False, fraudulent or deceptive entries will be disqualified. WCS is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate entry information; human errors; technical malfunctions; theft, tampering, destruction, or alteration of, or unauthorized access to, entries; typographical, printing or other errors; or any combination thereof. This contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York.