Bronx, N.Y. – April 19, 2010 – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is offering runners and
walkers a chance to travel around the world – without leaving New York City. On Saturday, April 24, the Wildlife
Conservation Society’s “Run for the Wild” returns as the Bronx Zoo is
transformed into a one-of-a-kind 5k course that takes runners and walkers to
Asia, Africa, the Americas, and beyond.
At 265 acres, WCS’s Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in
North America. “Run for the Wild”
participants will not only be helping save endangered tigers, they will have
the rare opportunity to see the beautiful park and the naturalistic animal
habitats before the gates open to the public.
“Con Edison, this year’s Presenting Sponsor of ‘Run for the
Wild,’ is a long-time supporter of WCS and is continuing its charitable legacy
through funding and community-based volunteerism,” said John F. Calvelli, WCS’s
Executive Vice President of Public Affairs. “The company’s support for this year’s “Run for the Wild” is
a clear example of their commitment to both community and global conservation.”
In addition to Con Edison’s corporate support, the company
has created two running teams for the event – both of which have been actively
fundraising and seeking donations and sponsorships. Con Edison employees have also volunteered to staff the
event to make sure everything runs smoothly.
“Con Edison is proud to partner with the Wildlife
Conservation Society to make sure that tigers and their natural
habitat endure forever,” said Frances A. Resheske, Con Edison Senior Vice President
of Public Affairs. “The ‘Run for
the Wild’ is a perfect opportunity for New Yorkers to have a global impact in
this very important endeavor.”
are in a fight for their very existence.
A century ago, about 100,000 of these icons of the wild roamed across
Asia. Today, having lost much of their habitat to human expansion and
development, tigers occupy only seven percent of their historical range.
Habitat loss and fragmentation continue to threaten the world’s remaining
tigers, as do conflict with humans and poaching. They are killed for their
beautiful pelts and for their body parts which are used in traditional Chinese
medicines. Their prey is depleted in much of their range due to over-hunting.
As a result of the many pressures they face, there may be as few as 3,000
tigers left in the wild today, with roughly half of those living in India. Even
more troubling, perhaps only 1,000 of these wild cats are breeding females.
is hope for the future, however. WCS has long-standing conservation programs in
nine countries where wild tigers still exist in the wild (Cambodia, China,
India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Russia, and Thailand).
Participating individuals and teams are encouraged to seek
donations and in doing so, will be eligible for unique fundraising prizes and
VIP animal experiences at WCS’s Bronx Zoo. Additionally, “Run for the Wild” supporters will be on-site through
the day to inform participants and supporters about the great conservation work
they are doing. Receive sample
products and information from companies like Au’Some, Inc., Benjamin Moore, Con
Edison, J&R, Monroe College, Montefiore Medical Center, and others.
Once runners and walkers complete the five-kilometer journey
around the world, they are encouraged to enjoy the day’s line-up of
family-oriented entertainment as the zoo’s 13-weekend Animal Tales
Extravaganza continues. Listen to
Jeff Corwin from Animal Planet
read from his children’s book, Your Backyard is Wild from Penguin Group USA; and head to New York Life’s
Main Stage on Astor Court for high-energy fun for kids and families with Radio Disney
1560 AM Road Crew.
Finally, don’t forget to stop by Astor Court to take a
picture with the New York Yankee’s 2009 World Series trophy which will be on
display from 9am to noon.
Online registration is $30 for adults and includes complimentary
parking and general admission to the Zoo so you can stay all day. Those who are unable to participate in
the event can still help by making a donation online or sponsoring a runner or
a team. For more information, to register, or to sponsor a runner, visit www.wcsrunforthewild.org.
WCS’s Run for the Wild is made possible by the following
Presented by: Con
Supported by: Aerosoles,
Aquafina, Benjamin Moore Paints, EDUN LIVE, Monroe College, Montefiore Medical
Media Partners: Daily
News, WABC, Z-100
Promotional Partner: New
York Sports Clubs
In-Kind Partner: D'Agostino
Contact: Max Pulsinelli – 718-220-5182; email@example.comSteve Fairchild – 718-220-5189; firstname.lastname@example.org
RULES: RUN FOR THE WILD
2010 FUNDRAISING CONTEST
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.