Support the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy

As a leader in conservation and species survival, your Toronto Zoo is actively engaged in the fight against extinction. Our vision is a world where wildlife and wild spaces thrive and your participation in this year’s Oasis ZooRun will bring us one step closer to our vision becoming a reality. 

Over the years, the ZooRun has raised over $500,400 to support the crucial wildlife conservation work being done by your Toronto Zoo in preserving endangered species, breeding and reintroducing endangered animals into the wild, and creating opportunities to reconnect people with nature. With a goal of $40,000, funds raised from this year’s event will continue to support your Zoo’s conservation breeding and reintroduction programs including but not limited to, the African cheetah Species Survival Plan® (SSP), Black-footed Ferret Conservation Recovery Program and the Native Bat Conservation Program. 

Did you know more than 120 species at your Toronto Zoo are part of an SSP®? The SSP® is a cooperatively managed program overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The main objective of the program is to oversee the population management of select species within AZA member institutions and to enhance conservation of this species in the wild. Each SSP® program coordinates the individual activities of participating member institutions through a variety of species conservation, research, husbandry, management, and educational activities. 

Earlier this year Parc Safari in Quebec sent two Canadian-born cheetahs back to Africa for a soft release and reintroduction program in Zimbabwe. These two cheetahs, Kumbe and Jabari, were born as a result of a cooperative effort between the Toronto Zoo and Parc Safari: in 2016, the cubs’ mother Cleo left the Toronto Zoo for Parc Safari on a recommendation from the Cheetah SSP®. Successful breeding resulted in the 2019 birth of Kumbe and Jabari along with two sisters who have remained in Canada. To help ensure the success of this release, the Toronto Zoo agreed to keep the brothers together, forming a coalition much like brother cheetahs do in the wild. 

The Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy is a dedicated partner with the Toronto Zoo in the fight against extinction; established in 2019 to secure increased financial resources and support for the wildlife conservation work being done by the Toronto Zoo. Extinction is forever, and the Zoo’s work in fighting extinction – through research, public engagement and education, breeding and reintroduction programs – is vital to wildlife, to us, and to our world. You can donate to the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy directly during registration, or go one step further and share your fundraising page with friends and family to collect pledges. 

Fundraising Prizes

Early Bird Prize

Raise $200 by August 19th at midnight and you will automatically be entered in a draw for a chance to win 2 tickets to Terra Lumina!

Created specifically for your Toronto Zoo, Terra Lumina creates positive moments of connection. Vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, animated projections, inspiring storytelling, and an original score conjure an immersive future world that shares a message of hope for a brighter tomorrow.

General Prizes

Top Individual Fundraiser – a Toronto Zoo Wild Encounter for 2 people and a complimentary entry to any 2022 Canada Running Series event!

Get ready to experience your Toronto Zoo like never before! This one-of-a-kind, 30 minute tour will take you and a guest behind-the-scenes to experience some of our amazing animals and habitats up-close.

Top Fundraising Team – a Toronto Zoo Wild Encounter for up to 8 people!

Get ready to experience your Toronto Zoo like never before! This one-of-a-kind, 30 minute tour will take you and 7 guests behind-the-scenes to experience some of our amazing animals and habitats up-close.

Raise $100 – $249 and you will automatically be entered in a draw for a chance to win 2 tickets to Terra Lumina!

Raise $250+ and you will automatically be entered in a draw for a chance to win 4 tickets to Terra Lumina!

Please note — the Top Individual Fundraiser, Top Fundraising Team, and General Prize winners will be determined on Thursday, September 30 at midnight based on online fundraising pages only.

Prizes are subject to change, are not transferable, and can be won by any participant, regardless of finish place or time.

Make a Top-Up Donation

You can donate directly to the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy during registration.

Make a General Donation

Click here to make a direct donation to the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy.

Personalize your Fundraising Page

And send it around to family and friends!

  • To customize your page, select to Donate to participant, search for your name, and click on Donate.
  • Sign In to Race Roster if not yet logged in (top right).
  • Click Edit fundraising page below the profile image on the right-hand side.
  • Specify your fundraising goal, write a personal message, and upload a photo.
  • Be sure to scroll down and click Save updated fundraising information.

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