Zoo News

Zoo News

Oct 29, 2012

The bulky behemoth with short, thick legs does not look like it can run fast, but rhinos have been clocked at speeds of up to 45mph in the wild. Fortunately, you do not have to outrun Moyo, our black rhino. He will watch the race from the comfort of his home in ZooNorth. But you can help support conservation of these endangered species by running around the Zoo on a 5K race or strolling through the park on a 1K family fun run/walk. Guests are encouraged to add to the fun and dress as their favorite animals. All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Dallas Zoo’s Conservation Fund. Members of the Dallas Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) raised $16,417 by hosting Bowling for Rhinos and Sailing for Rhinos in 2012, and Running for Rhinos in 2011 – placing second only to the Los Angeles Zoo this year. Registration in the race includes a t-shirt and full-day admission to the Zoo so participants can enjoy the rest of the day at a slower pace.

The African penguins and a herd of babydoll sheep will kick off the race. The 5K race starts at the Zoo entrance at 8:15 a.m. and the route travels along roads around the Zoo perimeter and concludes at Cat Green in ZooNorth. The family fun run begins at 8:00 a.m. and the course remains inside the Zoo. Family, friends, and spectators will celebrate at the end of the race with a party, awards ceremony, and animal presentation as well as drawings for door prizes.

Participants who pre-register at www.DallasZoo.com by November 4 can pick up their packets at Luke’s Locker at Mockingbird and Highway 75 on November 6-8 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-up registration and packet pick up the day of the race begins at 7 a.m. at the Zoo entrance. Pre-registration cost: 5K Race- $30 pp; 1K Family Fun Run- $20 pp. Day of event cost: 5K Race- $35 pp; 1K Family Fun Run- $25 pp.

When registration begins until the end of the race, the Dallas Zoo’s Green Team and Luke’s Locker will take your donations of used tennis shoes to donate to the needy or send for recycling.

Sponsors include:  Tiger ($5,000) – Simply Fit. Giraffe ($2,500) – Luke’s Locker, MetalMan Design/Build; Water Stop ($1,500) – Holmes Murphy; Zebra ($1,000) – Mazuri, Carruthers, Whole Earth Provision Co., Stewart Organization; and $500 – Borden Dairy. Media sponsors include Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket and WFAA-TV.