Cameron Park Zoo is hosting the 29th Annual Stampede Race benefiting animal welfare funds

WACO, Texas (KWTX) — Zoo animals weren’t the only ones charging this morning.

Saturday November 12th saw the 29th annual HEB Cameron Park Zoo Stampede race hosted by the Zoological and Botanical Society.

“We love zoos and we love what modern zoos do for animals,” Kristina Lane, a Georgetown resident and race entrant, told KWTX. “So we’re trying to visit everyone we can. I think we’ve been to every one in Texas now and this is our favorite. So it was fun to drive this race.”

The Lane family were among hundreds of others who ran one, five and 10k races, all for charity.

“It raises a lot of money for our global conservation programs that the Cameron Park Zoological and Botanical Society contributes to,” said Terri Cox, executive director of the Cameron Park Zoological and Botanical Society. “It’s a way we can help our animal ambassadors here at Cameron Park Zoo, their wild counterparts.”

Since 2022 is the year of the tiger, the stampede also focused on raising vital funds specifically for tiger conservation.

“The year we opened Cameron Park Zoo, we helped build a tiger rescue center in Bogor, Java,” continued Cox. “So our commitment to tiger conservation goes way back, and this year’s race is a tribute to that.”

Race sponsors HEB and Reliant were also on hand and showed their support for everything the zoo stands for.

“We just love being a part of the community and everything that the zoo stands for,” Rhonda Featherston, the Waco-area community coordinator for HEB, told KWTX. “In the community, in tourism, in economic development, in animal support, and in conservation education.”

Those interested in learning more about the zoo’s conservation efforts can do so at www.cameronparkzoo.com.

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