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Tiki Barber kicks off WCS race

Former NFL football running back, author, entrepreneur, and correspondent Tiki Barber has taken on a new gig for the Wildlie Conservation Society Sports Center.” His one-time exclusive interview with top race contenders is live on www.bronxzoo.com and it is fast becoming a viral video to highlight the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Run for the Wild, scheduled for Saturday, April 25. The run is part of the on-going Earth Month Party for the Planet celebration at the Bronx Zoo.

In the video, Barber plays broadcast host to Sam, an 80-year-old South American yellow-footed tortoise, weighing in at 32 pounds, and an 18-month-old Astrid, a newcomer known as a fleet-footed, dwarf “fluff-bunny” at the lean running weight of just under three pounds. As professionals, both of these WCS Run for the Wild “race legend species” kept mum about their race techniques and predictions.

On race day at the Bronx Zoo, Saturday, April 25, Barber will be among those running. A special meet-and-greet autograph signing session with the football great will be held from 10 a.m. to noon for run participants.

Barber is lending his support for this first-ever, annual WCS 5K fun run/walk that will benefit gorilla conservation.

Registration for the WCS Run for the Wild is easy – visit www.wcsrunforthewild.org through April 23 or register in person the morning of April 25. Registration Fee Prior to April 23: Adult $30; youth (3to 12 years old) $20; senior (65+) $20; Wildlife Conservation Society member-adult $25; Wildlife Conservation Society-youth/senior $18. Note: an additional $5 processing fee for day of Run registration applies.

WCS Run For The Wild Schedule

7 a.m.: Pre-run area opens (run day registration, plus t-shirt pick-up, pledge tent opens) 8:30 a.m.: run warm-up for all participants with YogaWorks

9 a.m. run/walk starts

10 a.m. to noon: Meet former football running back Tiki Barber

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Post-Run Earth Month activities (general admission to the zoo is included in registration). Eco-crafts for kids –– Wildlife Theater performances –– storytelling –– recycled animal art eco-sculptures –– visits to the zoo’s Earth Expo, a display of Earth-friendly products, services, and technology –– Tiki Recreation’s Eco-friendly Playground.

During the Earth Month celebration, now through April 26, some oyoung zoo-goers will have the opportunity to enjoy Tiki Recreation’s Eco-friendly Playground.

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