THE GREATER LOS ANGELES ZOO ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES WALK FOR THE WILD, REGISTRATION STARTS TODAY, MARCH 9

A Virtual Fitness Fundraiser That Takes Participants on a Global Trek to Raise Funds for Wildlife & Wild Places  

Photo of a mother and baby pronghorn, and a photo of people walking in a field.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) is launching its first-ever fitness fundraiser—Walk for the Wild—on Earth Day, April 22, to raise critical funds to support the Los Angeles Zoo and its species-saving work. During the fitness challenge period from April 22 through Endangered Species Day on May 21, participants will take a virtual walk “around the world” to explore the global conservation impact of the L.A. Zoo and learn about efforts to save threatened species. Participants will be rewarded throughout the journey with digital fitness and fundraising badges, exclusive content, plus rewards based on fundraising level. Join individually or as a team and participate in a little friendly competition to win prizes. Proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Zoo and GLAZA, the nonprofit organization that supports the Zoo and plays a central role in making its vital conservation work possible. Registration begins on March 9, with registration levels that include a commemorative T-shirt and medal. To learn more and to register, visit www.lazoo.org/walkforthewild.

“Because it’s easy for anyone to participate, Walk for the Wild encourages the entire Los Angeles community to engage in a lifelong philanthropic relationship with the L.A. Zoo’s wildlife conservation mission, from schoolchildren to grandparents. Whoever you are, you can save species from extinction and be a conservation hero,” says GLAZA President Tom Jacobson.

Starting March 9 and through the end of the fitness challenge on May 21, participants can register and create a fundraising page, set fitness goals, get moving, and make an impact on wildlife conservation. Prior to the virtual Opening Ceremony on April 22, there will be fun weekly challenges that will prepare and inspire participants for the walk and help them meet their fitness and fundraising goals. During the fitness challenge period, participants can choose when and where to walk (or bike, run, swim, dance etc.), tracking their real-world movement on an integrated virtual map to eight global destinations, including Paraguay, South Africa, and India among others, and receive special content at each stop. Participants’ goal is to walk a collective 14,000 miles across the globe to raise awareness and funds for work to save endangered species. The fitness challenge concludes on May 21 at 11:59 p.m. The winners of the Largest Team, Top Individual and Team Fundraising and Longest Distance awards will be announced on May 22, as well as the total amount raised by this incredible global fitness adventure.

Walk for the Wild is open to the public, and participants ages 13+ and all abilities are encouraged to participate in the activity of their choosing – any physical movement will propel them towards their fitness goal. Fundraising rewards start at the $150 level (inclusive of registration fee) and include a plush toys and Walk for the Wild branded merchandise. To get inspired and to learn more on how to participate, please visit www.lazoo.org/walkforthewild.

Author: LA Zoo