Wildlife and wild places are worth fighting for. The WCS community is made up of wildlife champions like you, fighting to preserve a future for iconic animals and irreplaceable habitats. For over 100 years, WCS has worked to discover and understand the natural world, and to inspire communities to protect endangered species.
This year, WCS's Run for the Wild is inspired by giraffes. With their towering heights of up to 20 feet, incredibly long necks, and tongues often reaching more than a foot in length, these animals are iconic and beloved. They're also endangered.
Giraffe populations in Uganda have declined by 40% over the past three decades. The same majestic features that have made them an enduring symbol of the wild have made them a favorite target of poachers, who trap them with steel-wire snares and shoot them with rifles. And they also face the threat of habitat loss that imperils so many species.
Animals around the world are going extinct 10,000 times faster than ever before. Your support will give them a fighting chance.