Chessington Running Wild offers up to 1000 runners have the exclusive opportunity to “run wild” through the Chessington World of Adventures resort. With hundreds of places already snapped up, anyone wanting to take part in the 10km, 5km or 2mk kids race is urged to enter now.
Organisers aat-events and TriProject are proud be working with Chessington Conservation Fund as the charity partner for the event on 3 November 2018. Chessington Conservation Fund will have a stand at the event with various activities (which may include animal meet and greets) and more information about the organisations they support. A number of Chessington’s Zoo Keepers will participate in the event dressed as tigers, and encourage others to join them to help raise money.
Chessington Conservation Fund supports a number of organisations and charities committed to the conservation of all kinds of endangered species and the protection of their natural habitats. Runners will race past many of the species that the fund supports as they race through the “Trail of the Kings” and past the Sealife Centre and Zoo – which supports many national and international breeding programmes for rare and endangered species. Runners get free admission to visit these animals again after the race; and their family and friends can join them for 50% off of the admission price.
Participants will also have the exclusive opportunity to run through Chessington’s new “Land of the Tiger” – a multi-million pound investment which committed over half this amount to the 4 endangered Amur tigers which call it home. The area is said to sets a new standard for animal care and welfare, which Chessington have developed in conjunction with both their own and other experts globally. Chessington Conservation Fund donated £20,000 to the WildCats Conservation Alliance and support a project to develop an effective human-tiger conflict resolution strategy in northeast China – where the Amur tiger is commonly found.
Money from the trust has also facilitated the purchase of land in Equador to protect 22 newly discovered species from losing their home and lives to poaching, logging and mining. Money is donated to World Land Trust annually to employ rangers to safeguard against these illegal activities and to monitor and study the species that live within the land.
Dambari Wildlife Trust – based in Zimbabwe – is another cause that Chessington Conservation Fund supports. Dambari Wildlife Trust protects land and species – including Rhinos – from poaching. Money donated from the Chessington Conservation Fund has helped supply 4×4 vehicles, camera traps, and lab equipment to help assess the health of the land, monitor the safety of the park, and deter poachers.
The fund also commits money to support species found a little closer to home. The Surrey Wildlife Trust – – with whom aat-events work closely in conjunction with their Surrey-based trail running events – is the only organisation concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey. Chessington Conservation Fund works closely on projects both run and endorsed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, including the Hedgerow Heroes Project, which will restore and protect Surrey’s hedgerows to help the 117 species that call hedgerows their home – like hedgehogs and dormice – to move and expand their populations.