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16th Annual WCS Run For The Wild to Protect Iconic Snow Leopards & Other Wildlife

You probably can't outrun a snow leopard, but you may be able to help protect them at the 16th annual WCS Run For The Wild 5K run and 3K family fun run/walk on Saturday, April 27, at the Bronx Zoo.

Each year, more than 5,000 runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters participate and help raise awareness of the threats facing wildlife while fundraising to support the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) conservation work at the Bronx Zoo and around the world.

Snow leopards are classified as "Vulnerable" by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Because of their secretive nature and the remote areas in which they live, it is difficult to get accurate population numbers in the wild. It is thought there are between 2,700 and 7,500 surviving in the wild. The Bronx Zoo is a world leader in snow leopard care and husbandry and participates in a Species Survival Plan program, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

More than 80 snow leopards have been born at the Bronx Zoo, more than any other zoo in North America. The Bronx Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to exhibit the big cats in 1903. This past fall, two cubs made their debut and can be seen in the Himalayan Highlands exhibit. Currently, the Bronx Zoo has 10 snow leopards.

We have long been a global leader in snow leopard conservation, thanks in part to funds raised during the annual WCS Run For The Wild. Participants 16 and older are required to meet the minimum fundraising level of $35, in addition to the registration fee. Upon completing the required minimum fundraising, all registrants receive:

Through fundraising, participants can also earn rewards, including a snow leopard plush, water bottle, reusable bag, beanie hat, notebook, and Bronx Zoo tickets with a VIP meal voucher.

This year's run is extra special because we're celebrating 125 years of the Bronx Zoo. Join us for Animal Chronicles, a walking trail of more than a quarter mile, featuring immersive eco-sculptures that showcase key achievements in the Bronx Zoo's history of saving animal species and connecting visitors from around the world to wildlife. The festivities will also include parades, performances, crafting, scavenger hunts, tours, Wildlife Theater, and much more.

Register to participate in the 16th annual WCS Run For The Wild and help us make tracks for snow leopards.

WCS Run For The Wild is sponsored by Montefiore Einstein.

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Event Photos: https://bit.ly/49Xh15u

Event B-Roll Video (2022): https://bit.ly/3wPmJru

(Credit © WCS)

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, veterinary 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 the subject of THE ZOO, a docu-series aired world-wide on Animal Planet.

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
WCS combines the power of its zoos, an aquarium in New York City, and a global conservation program across more than 50 countries to achieve its mission to save wildlife and wild places. WCS runs the world's largest conservation field program, protecting more than 50% of Earth's known biodiversity in partnership with governments, Indigenous people, local communities, and the private sector. Its four zoos and aquarium (the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium) welcome more than 3.5 million visitors each year, inspiring generations to care for nature. Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, the organization is led (as of June 1, 2023) by President and CEO Monica P. Medina.

Visit: newsroom.wcs.org. Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: +1 (347) 840-1242. For additional information or general inquiries, please contact Mary Dixon, [email protected] (347-840-1242).

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