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Registration open for zoo’s 5k to save the elephants

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Registration is open for the Bronx Zoo’s fifth annual Run for the Wild, taking place at the zoo on Saturday, April 27.

The event is devoted to helping save elephants from poachers and helping conserve the habitats of other wildlife. The event is open to runners, walkers, families and wildlife supporters. The Wildlife Conservation Society is also launching Run for the Wild: World, an online fundraising effort that allows people who are not participating in the race to raise money for the cause.

More than $2.6 million has been raised through Run for the Wild since it began in 2009. John Calvelli, Wildlife Conservation Society’s executive vice president of public affairs, said funding is needed to help save the elephants from poachers.

“The illegal wildlife trade is now a multi-billion dollar industry that threatens thousands of species around the world. Elephants have been particularly hard hit with 2011 considered the worst year since 1989 for the illegal poaching of elephants for their ivory,” Mr. Calvelli said.

Registration for the event is $35 for adults, $25 for children and $25 for seniors. For more information or to register, go to www.wcsrunforthewild.org.

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