Three years ago, in April 2014, I came to New York to the Run for The Wild when my niece, Mary Nir, was running. I wanted to support her in person and I am grateful that I did. The run was for the elephants that year - and that is why I want to run for them again this year in the WCS Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo on April 29th - and in Mary's memory.
We are fortunate to live in a world with elephants, lions, gorillas, and countless other species, and Mary knew it! And she knew they needed our help for a bright future.
Today, animals are going extinct 10,000 times faster than ever before. African elephant populations have plummeted due to poaching to feed the ivory trade, and recent news from the field has often been bleak. Lion populations in Uganda have declined by 30% in ten years. War, hunting, and habitat loss have had a severe impact on gorilla populations.
This news is devastating, but WCS is working to give wildlife a fighting chance. The organization recently launched a plan to conserve the world’s largest wild places in 15 priority regions. Together, those are home to more than 50% of the world’s biodiversity.
The WCS Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo on April 29th supports WCS in establishing and helping to manage parks and reserves, safeguarding animals from poaching with active monitoring and patrolling, and inspiring communities to protect their local wildlife.
All money raised through the Run for the Wild will help fund WCS’s critical work to save elephants and other wildlife around the globe. Please consider a gift of $10 or more to support this important work through the Run.
And, if you have an animal near and dear to your heart, join me on April 29. You can register here: http://e.wcs.org/site/TR?fr_id=1190&pg=entry. If Mary were with us, I am sure she'd be at The Run for the Wild on April 29th!
Thank you for your love of animals and for your support.
Mary Beth Campbell