25 Sep

Pride Of Lions

London Zoo Stampede
There was a great deal of pride at London Zoo last weekend with over £30,000 being raised for endangered lions. Taking place on Sunday 20 September a roaring pack of runners raced through the zoo, to help preservation projects for Asiatic lions at ZSL London Zoo’s annual 10K Stampede.
More than 750 participants registered to prance and prowl their way around the Zoo. They took in some of the world’s most incredible animals on the route, including the Lemurs, before heading out to tackle the wilderness of Regent’s Park. 
International conservation charity the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Asiatic lions campaign aims to raise £5.7m to carry out vital conservation work in India, where only approximately 500 Asiatic lions are left in the wild. Funds will also help create Land of the Lions, an Indian-themed exhibit and breeding centre at ZSL London Zoo. 
Ali Corbett, ZSL Challenge and Community Events Manager, said: “Every year we’re so impressed by participants taking part in our unique 10k and digging deep to raise funds for our work for wildlife. We’re thrilled to have raised more than £34,000 to help protect the last stronghold of Asiatic lions and create a fantastic new exhibit to inspire visitors to ZSL London Zoo.”
Sponsored by Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water, all finishers received medals and a goody bag, and prizes were presented to the first three males, females and the fastest average team. 
For details of 2016 events, go to the ZSL website.