July 11, 2011
It's time to sprint, gallop or trot to the finish line at BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo in hopes to claim the much-coveted ostrich egg trophy. Join Club South Runners at the Zoo for our annual Zoo Zoom 5K on Saturday, August 27. The day includes our Kids' Half-Mile Fun Run at 7:45, so the whole family can participate, immediately followed by the 5K at 8:15 a.m.
The Zoo Zoom 5K gets better each year," said Zoo Director Phil Frost. "Our race route takes you through the core Zoo which has great shade, beautifully landscaped yards, plus you get to catch a glimpse of bears, giraffes, elephants and flamingos."
Registration may be done by mail, at www.active.com or on race day beginning at 6:30 a.m. $15 for Club South members and $17 for non Club South members. $20 registration on day of race. Children (12 and under) may pre-register for $12 or register the day of the race for $17. Prizes will be awarded to first male and female and in age group categories.
A portion of each registration fee supports the Zoo's conservation programs for threatened and endangered animals. Cheetahs, in particular, are losing their "race" for survival. The world's fastest land animal, the cheetah can run up to 70 mph. Loss of habitat, human-animal conflict and loss of genetic variation are the main factors contributing to the cheetah's declining numbers in the wild.
"Conservation education is our Zoo's mission," said Jennifer Shields, education curator. "We not only conserve wild animals, we also conserve the wild places they call home. Zoo Zoom is a fun way to draw attention to an incredible animal - the cheetah, and the struggles it faces in the wild."
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger is now open featuring highly endangered tigers, Siamang gibbons and beautiful Asian birds. Visitors can enjoy the new Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands, featuring the Zoo's Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, as well as the Safari Playground, the Otter Pond, our exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo. Adults and children can ride the Cypress Bayou Railroad on a scenic ride through the unique Louisiana habitat that surrounds the core Zoo. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.
Visit us at www.brzoo.org
Adults and Teens: $7.00
Children 2-12: $4.00
1 & under: FREE
Admissions open 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily
Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.