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. They have renamed this annual event ‘The Stacey Konwiser Memorial Save the Tiger 5K Run’ in her memory. Runners and walkers, among them zoo employees and zoo supporters, will gather at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society entrance to help pay tribute to a wonderful human being.
Enties for this year’s road race are up 35 percent so far — a tribute to Stacey’s life and her mission.
“I had the honor of working with Stacey over the past three years,” stated Andrew Aiken, President & CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society. “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.”
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 around $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, which is devoted to preserving our state’s wildlife habitat.
In honor of Stacey, Team AC-27 (named after her radio call sign) and comprised of several zookeepers and other staff, will also be running and walking in the race. Team AC-27’s ‘virtual team’ is now comprised of 120 people across 17 states! There will also be a ‘Remembrance Table’ in our fountain area where attendees can leave notes of encouragement for Stacey and her loved ones.
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.
Race Start: 7:30a, Saturday, May 14, 2016 Distance: 5K (3.1 miles) — runners & walkers welcome
Race Registration — please visit: www.palmbeachzoo.org