Elmwood Park Zoo has begun a new program intended to promote physical fitness among its employees, with the added goal of raising money for wildlife conservation. Entitled “Conservation Migration,” the program proposes that if the zoo’s employees were to walk to 95 fellow AZA-accredited zoos across the country, the roundtrip would total over 10,100 miles. The goal is for the zoo’s employees to collectively walk that distance in under 7 weeks.
In order to log the miles needed for the program’s goal, the zoo provided each of its full time employees with a new Fitbit Charge 3 activity tracker. The employees were then split into 6 teams; these teams will compete against each other for the highest number of steps/miles. The team members will be seeking donations and sponsors for their efforts, and the team that raises the most money will get to give all of the collected donations to their selected cause. Elmwood Park Zoo will be matching the donation up to $5,000.
“The health and well-being of our employees is just as important as it is for the animals in our care,” said Al Zone, Elmwood Park Zoo’s Executive Director and CEO. “With our ‘Conservation Migration’ program, we’ve created a fun and exciting way for our staff to be active while also supporting the zoo’s mission.”
The zoo will announce the results of its “Conservation Migration” program at its Party for the Planet event on April 27. Party for the Planet is Elmwood Park Zoo’s Earth Day celebration that features “green” and eco-minded vendors on display throughout the day. For more information, click here.