Animal lovers get ready to lace up Sept. 3 for the Save the Jaguar 5K at the Palm Beach Zoo (1301 Summit Blvd., West Palm Beach).
The start time is 7:30 a.m. for this 3.1-miler that will take runners through Dreher Park and into Palm Beach Zoo.
The race’s tribute to jaguars is timely. The jaguar population used to flourish in the Southern U.S., but humans forced them out of North America. Now, they’re left to roam only in South and Central America, according to the race website.
To help save the jaguars, the Palm Beach Zoo and Wildlife Conservation Society have worked together to support species and habitat research and protection atMadidi-Tambopata Landscape in Bolivia.
A portion of the registration fees of $25 for adults and $20 for runners 17 and younger will help to fund that support, according to the Save the Jaguar 5K website. Note: registration fees go up as you get closer to the event.
Runners and walkers who participate will pass the zoo’s tigers, wallabies, Fennec foxes, New Guinea singing dogs, ocelots and the howling primates siamang gibbons on their ways to the finish. The cost of registration also gives participants a free admission that day to the Zoo.
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