On Saturday, May 14, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society will hold its fourth annual Save the Tiger 5K race.
This year, and going forward, the race will honor the memory of Stacey Konwiser, a beloved employee who died tragically several weeks ago at the zoo. Runners and walkers, among them zoo employees and zoo supporters, will gather at the Palm Beach Zoo entrance for the Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K Run. The race starts at 7:30 a.m.
“I had the honor of working with Stacey over the past three years. She was bright, energetic and articulate. She had devoted her life to studying large and small cats. She shared the zoo’s mission to inspire people to act — in small but meaningful ways — on behalf of wildlife everywhere. She was passionate about her family and the world around her,” Palm Beach Zoo President & CEO Andrew Aiken said.
In years past, the zoo has sponsored its Save the Tiger Race — along with two similar runs for jaguars and Florida panthers, collectively called the Big Cat Race Series. These races traditionally raise approximately $30,000 annually for conservation projects. Proceeds from the jaguar race help a project in Bolivia, while funds from the panther race help the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
Proceeds from the upcoming Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K race will go toward the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Tiger Conservation Project in the Endau-Rompin landscape of Malaysia, where the last remaining 250 wild Malayan tigers are struggling to evade poachers and habitat destruction.
Attendance for this year’s road race is up 35 percent so far — a tribute to Konwiser’s life and her mission. In honoring her memory, and in support of tigers everywhere, join the zoo for this event.
For more information, or to register, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org.