2018 marks the 10th year for the WCS Run for the Wild! For a decade the annual 5K race and family fun run/walk at the Bronx Zoo has been helping support WCS’s mission to save wildlife around the globe. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 28.

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 runners and walkers will be participating on behalf of the five species of big cats that WCS has identified as priority species for conservation – cheetahs, jaguars, lions, tigers, and snow leopards.

Since its inception in 2009, almost 50,000 people have participated at the Bronx Zoo.

Registration is now open and there are many ways to help get a win for wildlife. Visit www.wcsrunforthewild.org to register for the run or family fun walk; make a donation; or support a friend or team.

Run for the Wild participants are encouraged to fundraise and seek individual sponsors for their effort. Registration for the run is $50 for adults, $40 for children (3–15), and $40 for seniors (65+). All WCS members receive a discount on registration. All adult (and senior) participants are required to raise a minimum of $35 in order to participate.

The price of registration includes parking and general admission to the Bronx Zoo on the day of the event. Total Experience Ticket upgrade is available on site.

Registrants can choose from two different events. The 5K run 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.

After the run, everyone is encouraged to stay at the Bronx Zoo to enjoy the wildlife and race-day activities. Refresh with a local microbrew at the beer garden (age 21 and above); burn off some extra energy on the rock climbing wall; or dance to some tunes on the Bronx Zoo’s historic Astor Court. A full listing of race day activities is available at www.wcsrunforthewild.org.

The zoo’s marquee exhibits will be open for everyone to enjoy for the day. All are welcome to visit the Bronx Zoo’s animal ambassadors for extra inspiration and to learn about the conservation work WCS is doing to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. Exhibits like Tiger Mountain, Himalayan Highlands, and and African Plains are just a few of the exhibits that will bring people face-to-face with some of the big cat species that they are helping to save through their participation in or support of WCS Run for the Wild.

Prizes will be awarded to those who meet various fundraising goals. For $35 in pledges, runners will earn an official WCS Run for the Wild T-shirt; $75 earns choice of plush animal; $150 earns a WCS Run for the Wild cap; $300 earns a picnic blanket;  tote bag; $600 earns wireless speaker; $1,000 earns a collapsible water bottle; $1,500 earns a VIP brunch. Each ascending incentive level achieved includes ALL prizes from the lower levels.

The event is expected to sell out, so runners and walkers are encouraged to register early.

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