Run for the Wild 2024 supporting Wildlife Conservation Society
Run for the Wild 2024

About Run for the Wild 2024

Each year, the WCS Run for the Wild raises awareness of the threats facing wildlife while fundraising to help WCS's conservation work at the Bronx Zoo and around the world.

The 5k race for individual runners will begin at 8:00 a.m.; casual runners and walkers can take part in the 3K Family Fun Run/Walk at 9:30 a.m.

More than 5,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate in this year's event. All are welcome to stay after the race to take part in post-run activities and visit the Bronx Zoo.

Runners, walkers, and wildlife supporters are invited to participate and/or support a participant.

Registration Information

  • Individual Adult Ages 16-64
  • $90 Includes $35 fundraising minimum
  • Individual Child Ages 3-15
  • $45
  • Individual Senior Ages 65+
  • $80 Includes $35 fundraising minimum
  • WCS Member Adult Ages 16-64
  • $75 Includes $35 fundraising minimum
  • WCS Member Child Ages 3-15
  • $30
  • WCS Member Senior Ages 65+
  • $65 Includes $35 fundraising minimum
  • Virtual Runner
  • $35 Includes a t-shirt and medal

All adults (16 and older) and senior registrants must also raise at least $35 before the run in order to participate. Please see our FAQs for details on required minimum charges.


Starts at:  April 27, 2024 7:00 AM
Ends at:  April 27, 2024 1:00 PM


Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx,NY 10460 USA


Save the Date

Bronx Zoo, Saturday, April 26, 2025

Including Free Zoo Admission
All Rides & Attractions
Free Parking
Including Free Zoo Admission
Wildlife Characters

They're iconic. They're majestic. They're endangered. They need your help.

Proud Sponsor


All adults (16 and older) and senior registrants must also raise at least $35 before the run in order to participate. The fundraising requirement is waived for children. All participants are also eligible for a host of prizes based on your personal fundraising success. Sign up and get a jump start on your fundraising now.

Fundraising InfoPlease note that final product design and style may vary.



Minimum: T-shirt


Level 1


Level 1: Plush

Plush + t-shirt

Level 2


Level 2: Water Bottler

Water Bottle + all previous prizes

Level 3


Level 3: Tote Bag Cooler

Reusable Bag + all previous prizes

Level 4


Level 4: Blanket

Beanie Hat + all previous prizes

Level 5


Level 5: Socks, VIP Meal Voucher, and Zoo Tickets

Notebook, VIP Meal Voucher & Zoo Tickets + all previous prizes

How Your Support Makes a Difference


  • 8:00 AM
  • 5K Start Time Participants for the 8am Run must enter via the Southern Boulevard Lot or Pedestrian entrance. Upon entry you will be guided to the Start line by staff and wayfinding signs.
  • 9:30 AM
  • 3K Start Time Participants for the 3K Run/Walk must enter via the Bronx River Entrance
  • 11:30 AM
  • Race Ends Race course and finish line will be closed at 11:30am

Post-run Activities

  • 8:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Post Run Refreshments
  • 8:30 - 12:00 PM
  • Wildlife Characters Staggered appearances
  • 9:00 - 12:00 PM
  • Games & Activities
  • 9:00 - 12:00 PM
  • Photo Ops
  • 9:00 - 12:00 PM
  • Face Painting at Dancing Crane Plaza
  • 9:30 - 12:30 PM
  • Trivia at Dancing Crane Plaza
  • 10:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Crafts at Giraffe Corner
  • 10:30 AM
  • Bronx Zoo Exhibits Open Opening day for Wild Asia Monorail
  • 10:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Wildlife Theater Showtimes at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm at Giraffe Corner
  • 10:30 - 4:00 PM
  • 125th Birthday Celebration Live Performances at Grizzly Corner
  • 11:00 - 2:00 PM
  • 125th Birthday Celebration Parades Parade times at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm at Astor Court
  • 11:00 - 2:00 PM
  • 125th Birthday Celebration Cupcakes at Grizzly Grounds
  • 12:00 PM
  • Animal Chronicles Exhibit Opens
Stay with Us for the Day

The Bronx Zoo is open exclusively for Run participants all morning! As the world's largest urban zoo, the Bronx Zoo features more than 600 species from around the globe. Meet some of our mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects. All-day admission – with access to all rides and attraction – is included!

Please visit our Bronx Zoo FAQs for information about park rules.


"I've participated in the Run for the Wild 5k for the last 8 years and I don't plan on stopping! I can't wait for the next run, which I'm confident will be another wonderful day!"

Katie Schwinn

Thanks to our generous sponsors