Chessington Running Wild participants will get free admission to attractions at Chessington World of Adventures on 3 November 2018.
Up to 1000 runners have the exclusive opportunity to “run wild” through the Chessington World of Adventures resort, and then enjoy free admission to the Arcade, Zoo and Sealife Centre; and a ride on the Adventure Tree. 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.
Chessington Running Wild Participants will run past lots of animals during the race – including Gorillas and Lions as they run through the “Trail of the Kings”; and past Penguins and Sea Lions in the Sealife Centre. Chessington’s new “Land of the Tiger” enclosure is home to 4 new endangered Amur tigers – Tsar, Kyra, Olga and Kalinka – the world’s largest species of cat. The innovative enclosure features Europe’s first overhead trails which offers runners a one-of-a-kind experience of running both underneath and alongside the Tigers. Unfortunately there are less than 500 Amur tigers left in the wild, so runners are encouraged to fundraise for the event charity partner to support conservation of these majestic animals.
Tim Harrison-Jones, divisional director of Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said: “We’re thrilled to open Land of the Tiger, which represents a multi-million pound investment, with more than half committed to our four new endangered Amur tigers. The ability to offer Tsar, Kyra, Olga and Kalinka access to three habitats via Europe’s first overhead trails, allowing them freedom to roam, sets what we believe to be a new standard for animal care and welfare, which we’ve developed in conjunction with both our own and other experts globally.”
Runners can visit all kinds of exotic animals again after the race with free admission into the Zoo and Sealife Centre – which are home to over 1000 animals. Family and friends are welcome to join them with 50% off of the admission price. Once inside the Sealife centre, participants can take a breath-taking walk through the ocean tunnel and uncover great mysteries of the underwater world.
Organisers aat-events and TriProject hope that the experiences offered at the event will raise awareness and funds for Chessington Conservation Fund – which supports a number of organisations and charities committed to the conservation of all kinds of endangered species and the protection of their natural habitats. Many of the species that the fund supports can be met at Chessington Zoo – which also is involved with many national and international breeding programmes for rare and endangered species. 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 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 – like the Surrey Wildlife Trust, with whom aat-events work closely in conjunction with their Surrey-based trail running events. More information about these partner organisations are detailed below.
Chessington Conservation Fund donated £20,000 to 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.
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.
Money from the fund has also helped World Land Trust to purchase land in Ecuador – to save the homes of 22 newly discovered species from losing their home to logging and mining.
The fund also commits money to support species found a little closer to home. The Surrey Wildlife Trust 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.