New York Trend Online
Serving New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties
0

Thousands Participate in the WCS Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo

More than 5,000 ran, jogged, and walked through the WCS Bronx Zoo in support of gorilla and wildlife conservation at the seventh annual WCS Run for the Wild.

The top three women and top three men finishers were:

The top finishers at this year’s WCS Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo stand strong for gorillas on the winner’s podium. Top finisher in the men’s category: Christopher Stewart (in Spiderman suit) of the Bronx (16:18); top finisher in the women’s category: Sayo Yamagata from Brooklyn. (17:58). Congrats to all! Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher

The top finishers at this year’s WCS Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo stand strong for gorillas on the winner’s podium. Top finisher in the men’s category: Christopher Stewart (in Spiderman suit) of the Bronx (16:18); top finisher in the women’s category: Sayo Yamagata from Brooklyn. (17:58). Congrats to all! Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher

Women:

Sayo Yamagata from Brooklyn, NY (17:58)

Paige Callahan from Annapolis, MD (18:08)

Kirstin Burdett from Weehawken, NJ (20:08)

Men:

Christopher Stewart from the Bronx, NY (16:18)

Toby Zitsman from New Rochelle, NY (16:20)

William Capune from New York City (17:33)

Since its inception in 2009, more than 35,000 people have participated in the annual WCS Run for the Wild.

Each year, WCS’s Run for the Wild is dedicated to saving a different species. Past years have supported WCS’s work to save gorillas, tigers, lions, penguins, elephants and other wildlife.

This year’s top fundraisers were Todd and Emma Goergen from Greenwich, CT, who raised more than $24,500 for conservation. Second in the fundraising race was Katie Dolan from Rhode Island who raised more than $5,300.

“Each and every participant, supporter, and donor is helping WCS make real progress in the fight to save wildlife and wild places,” said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs.

Western lowland gorillas are designated as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their natural range spans tropical and subtropical forests in equatorial Africa. WCS works throughout Central Africa to protect gorillas from habitat loss and illegal hunting.

WCS Run for the Wild participants were able to visit the Bronx Zoo’s western lowland gorillas including two new babies. The Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest opened in 1999 on a 6.5-acre footprint in the southwest corner of the zoo.

The exhibit is an immersive walkthrough that gives zoo-goers the feeling of being in a Central African rainforest where they can see examples of African biodiversity.

John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs cuts the ribbon for the 7th Annual WCS Run for the Wild at the WCS Bronx Zoo. To his right is runner, U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano. To his left is Jim Breheny, WCS EVP and Director of the Bronx Zoo. 5K ran or walked a 5K to help save gorillas and other wildlife. Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher

John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs cuts the ribbon for the 7th Annual WCS Run for the Wild at the WCS Bronx Zoo. To his right is runner, U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano. To his left is Jim Breheny, WCS EVP and Director of the Bronx Zoo. 5K ran or walked a 5K to help save gorillas and other wildlife. Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher

2015 also marks the 120th anniversary of WCS’s founding. Those 120 years of conservation are being marked by a city-wide social media safari and the grand prize winner can win a trip to Belize to see WCS’s conservation work in action. From now through Sept.7, participants can register at NYisWildand embark on the city-wide adventure by tagging qualifying photos of the 120 ways NY is wild with the corresponding number and the hashtag #NYisWild (example: visited with a family of gorillas @BronxZoo #NYis Wild #76 of 120.)

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

Presented by:                 Con Edison

 

Featured Sponsor:         Montefiore Medical Center

Supporting Sponsors:    Empire BlueCross BlueShield; Monroe College

Media Partners:             ABC-7; Z-100

Promotional Partners:  The Belmont Business Improvement District;

                                         Residence Inn Marriott – The Bronx at Metro Center Atrium

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, 5:30 p.m. weekends from April to October; 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m November to March. Adult admission is $16.95, children (3-12 years old) $11.95, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $14.95. Parking is $14 for cars and $16 for buses. The 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 bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.

About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Leave a Reply




If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a Gravatar.