Walk for the Wild

What is Walk for the Wild?  

Bring your Herd as we celebrate 100 years of the Houston Zoo & Walk for the Wild! Guests will enjoy a 5k walk through the Zoo, competitions to win exclusive Zoo prizes, and an After Party with family-friendly activities. There will be both individual and team fundraising competitions. Those who earn the most points will win exclusive Zoo prizes & experiences. Individuals can also earn Milestone Prizes for each fundraising milestone earned. Each participant will receive a T-Shirt, access to the Walk for the Wild After Party, and admission to the Zoo for the day. 

How is this event different than Miles for the Wild?  

This year will not be a mile competition, as the main event is an in-person 5k rather than a personal fitness challenge. Participants can still engage in fundraising challenges, as well as the in-person 5k. 

What is happening February 16th-April 25th?  

This is when you will register, create your customizable fundraising page, and then begin fundraising! You can compete by raising funds as an individual or as a team.

What's happening May 1st?  

This is when you can participate in a 5k here at the Houston Zoo! Join us for an early morning of walking, animals, and an after party with family-friendly activities.  

Can I register at the door? 

No, registration can only be done online prior to the event. We will not be processing registrations at the door on May 1st. 

What time is Walk for the Wild? 

Walk for the Wild check-in will begin on May 1st, at 7:00 AM at 6200 Hermann Park Drive. The walk will begin at 8:00 AM, and guests will enjoy the After Party after they complete the walk until 10:00 AM. Check-in for Walk for the Wild will close at 9:00 AM. 

How much will it cost to participate?  

 Early Bird Pricing will be available from February 16th-April 1st. Early Bird Pricing is $40/adult and $15/child. Regular pricing will be available from April 2nd-April 25th -Regular pricing is $50/adult, and $25/child. Register before April 1st to secure your Early Bird Pricing!  

How much do I need to fundraise?  

There is no minimum, but we challenge each team to raise $2,500 and each individual to raise $250. Raising more than these amounts will give you the opportunity to win the individual or team fundraising challenges! 

Why should I fundraise? 

Each dollar you raise earns you points toward winning the top individual or top team fundraising prize! Check out the prize page to see prizes available. In addition, your fundraising helps to save animals all over the world. These funds go directly to the Zoo's conservation partners that are working every day to save animals in the wild. 

Are there Sponsorship Opportunities available? 

Yes! We have sponsorship opportunities available starting at $1,000. You can read more about our available sponsorship opportunities and benefits here

Can I register with my family? 

Yes! We encourage you to start a team for your family. You may also register as an individual and you will be prompted to add additional registrants during the registration process.  

Are strollers allowed? 

Yes! Strollers and wagons can be used during Walk for the Wild and will be available for rent. Scooters, bicycles, rollerblades and skateboards will not be allowed.

Do I need to register my child that is under age 2? 

No! children aged 2 and under do not need to be registered. 

What can I not bring with me for Walk for the Wild? 
Radios, CD players, whistles, noisemakers, or inflatable objects (beach balls, balloons, etc.) 

Can I run the Walk for the Wild 5K? 
For the safety of our animals and guests, participants will only be able to walk the 5K. This is not a timed race, and people of all ages are welcome to participate! 

How early do I need to register to guarantee I receive a t-shirt in my size?  

Register by April 1st to guarantee your t-shirt size. However, we recommend you register as early as possible so you can get started fundraising & earning milestone prizes! There will also be early-bird pricing available for those who register before April 1st.  

Can I win prizes or rewards if I am not local to Houston? 

Yes! All prizes can be awarded and redeemed virtually if desired.  

When will I get my T-shirt? 

T-shirts pick up dates will be announced via email to all registered participants. T-shirts can also be picked up at Walk for the Wild on May 1st at check-in. 

If my team reached a milestone, do we all get a prize?  

No, the top overall team will receive one personalized video shout out from a Houston Zoo animal and their keeper. The milestone prizes are for individual fundraisers.  

When will the competition winners be announced?  

Competition winners will be notified via email no later than May 7th, 2022

What if I have checks or cash? 

Please mail in any contributions to Houston Zoo, Attn: Development, 1513 Cambridge, Houston, TX 77030. Please make sure you put Walk for the Wild and your participant's name in the memo line of the check or on a note with your cash. These totals will be added to your fundraising page.  

Are there any restrictions for prizes? 

Prizes can be awarded virtually if the winner is not local. Prizes and rewards are given to individuals for meeting their individual goals, not to teams, except for the overall top team fundraising prize. All animal & keeper interaction prizes will be scheduled on a mutually agreed upon date by the Houston Zoo and the winner, which is on weekdays between 9:00 AM-3:00 PM and must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. All animal interactions are for four (4) individuals and children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes may not be combined with any other auction item or event. All prizes must be redeemed by May 1st, 2023, are non-transferrable, and are subject to COVID-19 regulations.  

Who do I contact with additional questions? 

Please reach out to development@houstonzoo.org and we will be happy to help!