Walk for the Wild

A global journey to save wildlife.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 (Earth Day) to Friday, May 21, 2021 (Endangered Species Day)

How far would you go for animals?

Walk with us on a virtual international tour to discover the Zoo’s conservation impact and meet the people who are defending and protecting the world’s precious biodiversity for the benefit of all. It’s your chance to be part of an extraordinary journey, connect with fellow wildlife lovers, and get fit – all in support of the Zoo’s mission.

About Walk for the Wild

You know the L.A. Zoo as a lush oasis in the heart of Los Angeles that’s home to thousands of animals, many of them endangered. Now, you can explore parts of the Zoo that you don’t know, with a virtual journey around the world.  By getting active in your part of the world, you’ll travel with friends and family to explore the L.A. Zoo’s global conservation impact while raising funds to support this important work as well as the Zoo’s world-class animal care, education, and community engagement initiatives right here at home.

Unlike a traditional walk/run/bike fundraising event, this virtual “race” uses technology and takes social distancing into account, allowing you to participate on your own, with friends, coworkers, classmates, or your whole family day or night, rain or shine, inside or outside. The choice is yours! Simply register as an individual, create your own team or join one, fundraise to maximize your impact, link your favorite fitness tracker if you have one, then get active in whatever way you choose during the fitness challenge period of the event.

IN A NUTSHELL:

  • Register for just yourself or your entire household, then join or form a team and start fundraising and training for the walk that starts on Earth Day (April 22). The walk is a virtual journey propelled by the real-world steps of all event participants.
  • From April 22 to May 21, record your activity – walking, hiking, biking, dancing, whatever you choose – through your favorite fitness tracker or manually.
  • Track everyone’s collective progress around the world in real time with a virtual map to eight conservation destinations.
  • Unlock exclusive content about featured animals and destinations, plus the heroic people working there.
  • Earn fundraising rewards based on your donation total.
  • Compete for top individual and team prizes. (See Official Rules.)

The Challenge:

  • Travel more than 14,000 collective miles around the globe to raise awareness of endangered species and efforts to save them
  • Meet the fundraising goal of $150,000+ to sustain the Zoo’s vital conservation and community efforts

The steps you take and dollars you raise support both the Los Angeles Zoo and its nonprofit partner, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA).

REGISTRATION:

  • Standard Walker Registration: $45 per person; includes Walk for the Wild 2021 T-shirt
  • Upgraded Walker Registration: $65 per person; includes T-shirt and commemorative medal

T-shirt pick-up information: Walk for the Wild T-shirts will be available at the L.A. Zoo for pickup during specified hours* April 22 – 24 for all event participants who have registered prior to April 21, 2021. You MUST bring a valid photo ID and proof of registration to receive your T-shirt. A friend or family member may pick up another registered participant’s T-shirt with a copy of their photo ID and registration confirmation email. Parents picking up T-shirts for their children under the age of 18 are not required to present an ID for the child if one is unavailable. Participants will be given the T-shirt size they selected during the registration process.

*Pick-up dates and times:

  • Thursday, April 22, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.   
  • Friday, April 23, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.   
  • Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

FUNDRAISING:

Walkers are eligible for rewards based on their fundraising level, starting at $150 in total donations. The registration fee is including each Walker’s fundraising total.

How your participation helps

When you register and fundraise for Walk for the Wild, you’re supporting the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) and L.A. Zoo. Through your participation and generosity, you are helping to make the world a better place, starting with your own backyard. Did you know that one of the most important conservation programs, the effort to save southern mountain yellow-legged frogs from extinction, is happening in our own San Gabriel Mountains? You’ll learn about this effort and more during your virtual global walk. In a year that has been so challenging, Walk for the Wild is your chance to step up and demonstrate your belief in the Zoo’s mission to save species and provide a safe and inspiring place for our community to build a relationship with nature. GLAZA works tirelessly – every day – to promote that mission. Your participation in the Walk ensures that the Zoo’s conservation initiatives continue, and that GLAZA has the resources to go the extra mile in supporting the Zoo, so that future generations will continue to experience the joy of wild things and wild places.

How to participate:

“Walking for the wild” couldn’t be easier! Just follow the easy steps below.

STEP 1: REGISTER

Register and set up your account any time between March 9 and May 21. You’ll have a personalized web page where you can track your miles and fundraising progress, connect with the Walk for the Wild community, get fundraising tips and tools, and find exclusive content on each conservation destination.

step 2: RECRUIT

Recruit team members to get the most out of your experience. This global adventure is best with friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers. What’s more, the top teams in terms of fundraising and distance traveled will receive special prizes!

STEP 3: SHARE, FUNDRAISE, and get rewards

Keep your friends and family up-to-date on your Walk for the Wild journey and encourage them to donate through email and social media. The more you fundraise, the bigger your conservation impact and the more Walk for the Wild rewards you earn!

STEP 4: SET UP YOUR FITNESS TRACKER (if you have one) AND GET ACTIVE!

Find instructions on how to sync your device here. The fitness challenge period kicks off on Earth Day (April 22) with a virtual opening ceremony, and concludes on Endangered Species Day (May 21), when winners of the Top Fundraising and Longest Distance awards will be announced.

Do you prefer rowing, running, or rollerblading to walking? Don’t have a fitness tracker? No worries! Any activity that gets your heart rate up counts, and you can convert that activity into miles with our handy conversion chart. (To view the chart, scroll down to the “Do I have to walk every day?” FAQ.)

FAQs

Where do the fundraising dollars go?

Funds raised will support Los Angeles Zoo conservation initiatives as well as provide key Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association program support for fundraising, membership, volunteer programs, marketing, and publications.

How much does it cost to join as a participant?

This fee depends on the type of registration you select. You can select either the Standard Walker package for $45 (includes registration and branded campaign T-shirt) or the Upgraded Walker Package for $65 (includes registration, branded campaign T-shirt, and finisher medal). Transaction processing charges are not included in the registration fee; however, you may elect to cover this cost for the organization. Items will be delivered via USPS.

Is there an age requirement?

At registration, individuals age 13 or older may opt for a household registration and purchase registrations for up to 10 individuals in one transaction. Each registrant will receive the benefits of the specified registration level, and each will have their own fundraising page. Fundraisers for registrants younger than 13 must be managed by the primary account holder (age 13 and older). To share in the Walk for the Wild campaign scrapbook, you must be 18 years of age.

Is there a minimum fundraising goal for individuals?

There is no minimum fundraising goal for individuals. We suggest selecting a goal that you feel is achievable or using the goal amount suggested by your team leader/organization.

Can I donate toward my own fundraising goal?

Absolutely! We actually recommend making a “first step” donation yourself to show your supporters that you’re invested in the cause and encourage others to donate to your goal as well.

How do I donate to a participant?

That’s easy – all you have to do is go to our Charity Footprints page and search for the participant’s personal fundraising page and click the “Donate” button on the top of the page.

Can I donate over the phone or via check instead of online? Will offline donations count towards a participant’s fundraising goal?

Yes! To donate over the phone, please call GLAZA Development Manager Natalie Poveda at 323-486-4253. Checks can also be sent to the GLAZA administrative offices in care of the following: GLAZA Development, ATTN: Walk for the Wild, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1498

Is my donation secure?

We know how important your personal information is. Charity Footprints processes all donations through WePay, a PCI-compliant and secure leader in the crowdfunding space. You can read more about WePay’s promise to security here.

Do I have to walk every day?

No, you can walk at your own pace, but try to hit your goal by May 21! Your fitness progress will be tracked when you link your app to a tracking device (Fitbit, Apple Watch, Google Fit, etc.). Not a walker? Check out this list of different activities you can do to rack up your steps:

Do I have to pay for the Charity Footprints mobile app?

No! The Charity Footprints mobile application is FREE on both iOS and Android. The iOS and Android apps can be used anywhere in the world (as long as you have network connectivity, of course!).

I don’t have a smart phone or fitness device. Can I still participate, and how would I log in my distance walked?

Yes, you can still participate. Simply log into your account on the website and follow these instructions to log workouts manually: 

1. Go to the campaign page 

2. Click “Log Activity” at the top of the page (or go to the dropdown menu to the right and scroll down to “Activities/Workouts”)

3. Click “Add New Activity”

For activities that cannot be measured in steps or miles, please refer to the Fitness Conversion Chart in the previous question. If you don’t see your favorite activity, simply use it as a guide. (We trust you to use your discretion!)

Who can I contact if I need additional assistance?

Please click here to submit your general event questions. If you need to speak directly to a Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association staff person, you can reach us at 323-426-7172 or [email protected]

Visit our Charity Footprints page for more FAQs.