ZSL Whipsnade Zoo welcomed a different kind of herd when its annual Zoo Stampede returned on Sunday 7 June, 2015.
Celebrating its 10th year, the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Stampede saw 900 runners register to sprint, strut and stomp their way around the UK’s biggest Zoo, and this year determined challengers raised more than £35,000 for ZSL’s Asiatic lions campaign.
Roar-some racers running for wildlife in the Zoo’s annual fundraising event, charged around the 10km or 2km circuits, with the pack passing some of the world’s most incredible animals, including speedy northern cheetahs and laid-back ring-tailed lemurs.
By taking part in the 10km run or 2km kids’ fun run, runners put their best foot forward to help international conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), carry out its vital work to protect the last 500 Asiatic lions living in the Gir Forest in India.
Ali Corbett, ZSL Challenge and Community Events Manager, said: “We were thrilled to welcome runners of all abilities for our 10th anniversary ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Stampede.
“It’s been a brilliant 10 years with participants digging deep to raise funds for us. We’re thrilled that generous participants raised more than £35,000 to help us protect the last stronghold of Asiatic lions.”
Sponsored by Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water, all finishers received medals and prizes were presented to the first three male and female runners and the first mixed team in the 10km, and first three runners of the 2km.
Missed out this time? There’s still a chance to run for wildlife, entries are now open for the ZSL London Zoo Stampede taking place on Sunday 20 September, 2015 www.zsl.org/stampede