Orangutan 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT)
|Orangutan 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, May 11, 2013
7:00 a.m. Check-in time; 8:30 a.m. Start time
Run or walk to help an endangered species!
The Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK) and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo are joining efforts to promote awareness of the plight of wild orangutans and raise funds for orangutan protection and conservation efforts.
Join in this first ever 5k run/walk for orangutans and bring awareness to the threats to wild orangutan populations and how we can all help.
A $20 registration fee includes a commemorative t-shirt and admission to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and The RainForest after the race. First place winner receives a chalk drawing from one of the Zoo's orangutans!
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- 7-8:15 a.m. Race Day Check-In & Registration
- 8:30 a.m. 5K Run begins
- 8:45 a.m. 5K Walk begins
Orangutans, like humans, have an incredibly close relationship with their mothers. Because orangutans are solitary apes, young orangutans are totally dependent on their mothers and stay with them until they are six to eight years old. Unfortunately, due to the increase in demand for palm oil, orangutan habitat is being destroyed and orangutans are losing their lives. Help AAZK and the Zoo raise awareness about orangutan survival and protect this species and their habitat.
Proceeds from the event will benefit AAZK partner the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Ketapang Rescue Center and Zoo partner HUTAN-KOCP.
- IAR Ketapang is a rescue and rehabilitation center for orangutans in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. They take in orphaned, injured or abandoned orangutans and care for them, releasing many back into the wild.
- HUTAN-KOCP, the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme, in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo works to identify and address the complex threats faced by orangutans and promote their conservation at all levels, from local communities to government agencies.
When & Where
The American Association of Zoo Keepers, Greater Cleveland Chapter
AAZK is a not for profit 501-c-3 organization comprised of volunteers aimed at conservation and education.