Run Wild for the Zoo 5K & Fun Run

Say it Rah-shay By Apr 19, 2023 No Comments

Looking for a spring race? Check out the return of the Philadelphia Zoo’s “Run Wild for the Zoo 5k and One-Mile Fun Run.”

Join hundreds of runners and walkers on Sunday, May 7, 2023 for the return of Philadelphia Zoo’s “Run Wild for the Zoo 5k and One-Mile Fun Run.” This race takes guests through the Zoo’s 42-acre campus and raises money for the 1,900 animals that live at the Zoo, many of which are rare and endangered. Participants are encouraged to sign up by April 14 to guarantee an exclusive race-day T-shirt. All runners must be pre-registered. Registration is $40 per person for the 5k, $18 per person for the One-Mile Fun Run/Walk. Registration includes Zoo admission. Registration closes May 3, 2023 and there will be no race day registration. Proceeds will support all the animals at the Zoo by providing funds for nutrition, habitat enhancements, medical care, enrichment activities, and more. For more information and to register:

“The impactful work of Philadelphia Zoo is not possible without our supporters,” says Chief Development Officer Neil Batiancila. ” We’re thrilled to relaunch this race and fun run to our community to allow them to experience the Zoo in a special way.”

Event check-in will open at 7:00am and the 5k run will start promptly at 8:00am. Participants are encouraged to arrive with enough time to park and check-in. Paid parking will be available in the Zoo Garage on Girard Ave. A post-race ceremony will begin at 9:00 am and will award the top male and female finisher in each age category (categories: 17 and under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+).

Participants are then encouraged to enjoy a morning at the Zoo, visiting the animals their proceeds are supporting. Run Wild for the Zoo is a rain or shine event. Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Can’t attend? You can still support the Zoo by visiting


Animals are on the move like never before at Philadelphia Zoo with Zoo360, a first-in-the-world system of see-through trails passing through treetops, crossing over pathways and connecting habitats, giving animals like amazing big cats, majestic primates and marvelous meerkats the opportunities to travel and explore. Visit our new Ankole cattle, western lowland gorillas, hippos, white rhino, zebras, red pandas, Amur tigers and more at America’s first Zoo. Explore our 42-acre garden and enjoy award-winning exhibits like Big Cat Falls, PECO Primate Reserve, McNeil Avian Center, KidZooU, and African Plains, where you can come face to face with the world’s tallest animal at our new Giraffe Encounter experience. Philadelphia Zoo is one of the region’s foremost conservation organizations and home to nearly 1,900 animals, many rare and endangered. By connecting people with wildlife, Philadelphia Zoo creates joyful discovery and inspires action for animals and habitats. Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility. 

For more information, visit Facebook: PhiladelphiaZoo; Instagram: @philadelphiazoo; Twitter: @phillyzoo.


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