• All Participants Who Raise $30 or More Will Receive Free T-Shirt Designed by Contest Winner
  • Presented by Con Edison: Run for the Wild 2011 - Saturday, April 30
  • Contest Entries Must Be Received by Thursday, March 17
  • Register or Sponsor a Runner/Walker at www.wcs.runforthewild.org

Bronx, N.Y. – Feb. 17, 2011 –The Wildlife Conservation Society is holding a design contest for this year’s Run for the Wild T-shirt.

The third annual 5k run/walk through WCS’s Bronx Zoo is dedicated to helping save penguins, and every participant who raises $30 or more in support of WCS’s work with penguins will receive a T-shirt featuring the winning design.

“The Run for the Wild T-shirts are always a popular part of this annual event,” said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs. “By offering everyone a chance to design this year’s shirt, the runners and walkers will be almost as well dressed as the tuxedo-clad birds WCS is working to save.”

Contest entries must be submitted online at www.wcs.runforthewild.org by Thursday, March 17. Design submissions will be narrowed down to five finalists from which the winner will be chosen by online vote.

Since this year’s Run for the Wild is dedicated to saving penguins, artwork submitted to the contest should be penguin-themed for the front of the shirt only. Each design must be an original unpublished work and must not contain any third-party logos, trademarks, photographic images, or copyrighted materials. WCS will add the official Run for the Wild logo.

The Wildlife Conservation Society works around the globe to save wildlife and wild places. Changing climate, overfishing, and habitat loss are some of the factors affecting penguin populations. Of the world's 17 penguin species, 12 are experiencing serious population declines with some facing extinction within the 21st century. WCS is committed to ensuring a future for penguins where they live, including Punta Tombo on the coast of Argentina, home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world.

This event is expected to sell out, so register early. For more information, to register, or to sponsor a runner/team, visit www.wcs.runforthewild.org.

WCS’s Run for the Wild is made possible by the following generous sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Con Edison

Featured Sponsor: Aquafina, Fisher-Price®, Montefiore

Supporting Sponsors: Anvil, Benjamin Moore, Hard Rock Cafe,

Monroe College, Stonyfield Farm, UBS

Media Partner: ABC7

Max Pulsinelli – 718-220-5182; mpulsinelli@wcs.org
Steve Fairchild – 718-220-5189; sfairchild@wcs.org

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult admission is $16, children (3-12 years old) $12, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $14. Parking is $13 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com or call 718-367-1010.

If you would like to guide your readers or viewers to a web link where they can make donations in support of helping save wildlife and wild places, please direct them to: www.wcs.org/donation.