Local wrestlers partner with Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center

Published 8:49 pm Saturday, November 24, 2018

From staff reports

Professional wrestling entertains and inspires kids around the world with millions watching it on television and attending live events.

Southeast Texas-based Hurricane Pro Wrestling is wanting to use their platform not only to inspire kids but to help an organization that works with hurting children.

Saturday, Dec. 22 they are partnering with Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center® of Pinehurst for a special card featuring some of the top names in the independent wrestling scene.

From Hurricane Pro champion and Orange native Jordan Jensen to high flying Estrella Galactica to Impact Wrestling’s Brian Cage along with Hurricane Pro women’s champion Miranda Alize and (the team that crowd loves to hate) The Pump Patrol, the card will be the biggest in the organization’s history.

“We have put together a show that will draw in a big crowd and raise funds for Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center, an awesome group of people we met at one of our matches,” said Jared Wayne of the Pump Patrol.

Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center’s founder Chester Moore said they have founded an offshoot of their Wild Wishes® program called “World Wildlife Champions” to help hurting kids learn how to help hurting wildlife.

“Who could possibly understand hurting and endangered wildlife better than young people who have been through great challenges? We are mentoring these kids to become ambassadors for endangered wildlife and to help give them a positive way to make an impact,” he said.

Wild Wishes grants exotic animal encounters to children who have a terminal or debilitating illness or have lost a parent or sibling. A number of kids from the program have attended Hurricane Pro events with the organization and have become big fans.

When 11-year-old Aiden Knox was asked who his favorite wrestler is he didn’t say John Cena or Seth Rollins from the WWE though he is certainly a fan.

“Jordan Jensen of course!”

That type of enthusiasm will make what Hurricane Pro is doing for the kids that much more exciting for the kids.

“We have issued our kids a challenge to raise $1,000 by Dec. 22 to give to the Amos Research Keep (ARK) that does sea turtle rescue and rehab in Port Aransas and the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo’s raptor work in Israel,” said founder Chester Moore.

“If they meet this goal they will be presented a special World Wildlife Champions belt by wrestlers in the ring that they can then take to events and raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation. It’s our way of empowering and inspiring them.”

Jordan Jensen said he has met some of these kids and not only are they big wrestling fans, but they have a real zeal for wildlife.

“It will be great to help such a great cause and such great kids,” he said.

In addition to the belt presentation, a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to benefit Kingdom Zoo Wildlife Center’s programs.

For more info on the event go to hurricanepro.info.