Stampede

Get Ready to Fluff Your Feathers and Strut with YOUR Flock at Cameron Park Zoo’s

Virtual Zoo Stampede brought to you by H-E-B and Reliant.

Things are looking a little different in every aspect of life in 2020, but we are excited to keep moving forward as H-E-B’s Zoo Stampede goes virtual! Beginning on Saturday, November 14th through November 30th we will be offering virtual events to earn your custom race shirt and new this year, a custom finisher medal!  The best part, we are adding a half marathon distance as well as three cycling distances.

Registration will be from September 1st, 2020 thru November 2nd, 2020. You will have between November 14th through November 30th to complete your event or events.  You can even do a little at a time if you decide to choose a more difficult race or multiple races!  Collect a different finisher medal for each race you enter with the exception of the 1K and 10-mile bike ride.  Add extra fun to your Thanksgiving holidays and register your family and guests to join one or more of the races.

Packet pickup will be December 3rd through December 7th at Cameron Park Zoo.  The 1K and 10-mile bike ride packets will include a short sleeved cotton t-shirt; the 5K and 25-mile bike ride packets will include a short sleeved cotton t-shirt and finisher medal; the 10K, half marathon, and 100K bike ride packets will include a neck gaiter, long sleeved Tek shirt and finisher medal.  If you live more than 50 miles from Waco we will mail your packet to you.  If you live outside of the United States we would love to have you join our event, but unfortunately we will not be able to mail you a packet.

Show your race bib and enter the Zoo for free anytime between November 14th through December 7th.

A friendly reminder to keep your flock no larger than 10 people and give everyone room to spread their wings by maintaining social distancing practices.

H-E-B’s Zoo Stampede remains a staple of the Cameron Park Zoo calendar and an important way to contribute to your zoo’s ability to provide advanced animal care and essential conservation work. Your participation in this year’s virtual run/walk/bike ride furthers Cameron Park Zoo’s mission and allows our dedicated staff to remain hard at work, ensuring the animals flourish and receive world-class care each and every day. Thank you for your continued support as we all navigate through this unprecedented time of uncertainty. We look forward to sharing this year’s virtual Stampede experience with you.

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Consider Donating With Your Race Registration

$25

Cameron Park Zoo is home to four coyote brothers. They are very energetic and playful. Coyote are known to be sly and cunning which can pose a challenge in finding ways to keep them stimulated. One of their favorite ways is with Large Wobble Kong’s. The Kong’s are strong enough to stand the bite force of a coyote and they allow us to hide treats inside them. We can put food items or scents in the Kong and they will throw it around and play for hours.

Meechi and Red, our resident Macaws, love new toys to play with and chew on. Natural cuttlebone helps file and shape their beaks to keep them looking pretty for the public. They are also approved to play with most fun parrot toys that have blocks and ropes. $25 is the perfect amount to supply our Macaws with tons of fun new items.

$50

Giraffe have prehensile tongues, which means they can use it to grab or manipulate items. Their tongues range in length between 18 to 20 inches. They spend most of their day foraging. To encourage this natural behavior, we love to give our giraffes puzzle feeders for enrichment. It allows them to use their tongue to pull food items and browse out of the puzzle feeder. They are so good at it, that the Animal Care Staff has to come up with new feeders all the time, so they continue to get enrichment that stimulates their brain and tongue!

Poison arrow frogs are found in Central and South America. Your $50 contribution would provide environmental enrichment and exhibit upgrades such as waterfalls, misting expansions, and live plants.

$75

African Lions are the only species of big cat that live in large groups, ranging from 15 to 30 individuals on average. They are very social and playful. They love enrichment, especially Boomer Balls. They will bat the balls around, chase them and even carry them around in their mouths. Boomer Balls are made of very heavy plastic, which allows the lions to engage in a natural play behavior without causing much damage.

It is our goal to encourage natural behaviors for the animals. Forage feeding is one of those behaviors. $75 would buy timed automatic feeders that would allow the birds to be fed randomly throughout the day. This is an exciting form of enrichment and benefits all the birds greatly.

$100

African Elephants are very intelligent and social animals. They are able to look into a mirror and recognize themselves. Not many species of animals can do that! One of our favorite enrichment items to give the elephants is called a Looky Lou, which is a mirror that we can hang from their enrichment pole. The mirror provides social enrichment, but also manipulative enrichment.

Clown fish are very active and inquisitive. They spend a lot their time cleaning and protecting the anemone they call home. At the Cameron Park Zoo we like to provide different objects to their environment to keep them busy and stimulated. $100 will buy them new and exciting tank decorations and give them all something different to observe and explore as they swim around their tank.


 We would like to thank our sponsors for their support!


Interested in becoming an H-E-B Zoo Stampede sponsor? Please call 254-750-8423.