Take on a wild challenge for Whipsnade Zoo!

Support our animals at Whipsnade Zoo and help us restore wildlife around the world by taking on a fundraising challenge!

There are lots of ways you can fundraise for Whipsnade Zoo. Over the past few years, our brilliant fundraisers have dressed up as animals for wild sponsored walks, grown and sold plants, held birthday fundraisers, and have even walked from Whipsnade Zoo to London Zoo. The possibilities are endless!

Take on one of our challenges listed below, or come up with your own wild challenge, and you’ll become part of a team of animal-lovers, helping us to care for and protect threatened species for future generations.

Choose your challenge...

    inflatable funrun
    Various dates in 2024

    Family-friendly inflatable fun run

    Take on the world’s largest inflatable obstacle run, the Inflatable 5k. This family-friendly event is suitable for participants aged 5+. There are multiple venues across the UK. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a fantastic day out with friends or family!

    ZSL fundraiser taking on a skydive
    Any date

    Fly like a bird in a tandem skydive

    Feel the full force of flying through the clouds from over 10,000ft at up to 125mph! A skydive might be something you’ve had on your bucket list of a while. If you decide to take the jump, you can raise money for Whipsnade Zoo at the same time.

    Around the World in 30 Days walking, running and cycling fundraising challenge
    1 – 30 June 2024

    Help us go Around the World in 30 Days

    Take on our flagship annual challenge and help us collectively walk, run, cycle and wheel around the world, that’s 40,075km, to raise money for global wildlife conservation. Take part however, wherever and whenever suits you!

    ZSL runners
    Various dates


    Take on a marathon for Whipsnade Zoo! We have charity places in various marathons, including Edinburgh, Barcelona and Paris.

    Thorpe Park Triathlon
    30 June 2024

    Thorpe Park Sprint Triathlon

    Take part in the Sprint Triathlon around Thorpe Park for an opportunity to run, cycle and swim around this unique venue, while raising money for Whipsnade Zoo!

    London 10K
    14 July 2024

    ASICS London 10K

    Dash past iconic central London sights including Big Ben, the London Eye and the River Thames in a 10K race to remember, while raising vital funds for Whipsnade Zoo.

    Challenge London Triathlon
    28 July 2024

    London T100 Triathlon

    Take on the London T100 and swim, run and cycle past famous London landmarks in the UK's biggest city triathlon.

    Manchester Half Marathon
    13 October 2024

    Manchester Half Marathon

    Take on generous, closed roads in this inaugural half marathon across the towns of Old Trafford, Stretford & Brooklands, with the promise of great support and an abundance of entertainment en route, while raising money for Whipsnade Zoo!

    Bungee jump for Whipsnade Zoo
    Various dates

    Bungee jump

    Experience the thrill of a lifetime with a bungee jump for Whipsnade Zoo. Choose from the stunning locations available and take on this unforgettable experience.

Other runs around the country 

From fun runs to half marathons, there are hundreds of fantastic events across the country that you can take on for Whipsnade Zoo. We have partnered with RunForCharity to access over 350 local events. Simply select your local area in the table below, choose an event that’s right for you and join team of animal-lovers!

Find a local run:

Take on your own challenge

Girl in giraffe costume
Becoming a fundraiser is simple, and fun! Just follow these steps to get going:
  1. First things first – choose your challenge! Check out our A-Z of ideas in our fundraising guide or come up with your own animal-themed fundraiser. 
  2. Set up your fundraising page on JustGiving and click on the ‘start fundraising’ button.
  3. Follow the steps to set up and personalise your page. Include a photograph, share your story, and don’t forget to set a target – pages with targets raise 46% more on average.
  4. Roar loud and proud. Ask your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to support you. Share your fundraiser on social media, WhatsApp and email – people love to hear about the good things you’re doing. 
  5. Let’s get going! Put on your best animal outfit and get started with your challenge. Make sure to take pictures and tag Whipsnade Zoo on social media – we’d love to see what you get up to.

Every single penny you raise will make a real difference in supporting our animals and our worldwide conservation work.

Download your fundraising materials

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Find useful tips and advice in our fundraising guide and promote your event with our downloadable posters and totalisers. We have all you need for a successful fundraising challenge, ready to download. 
If you do any offline fundraising, you can use our sponsorship form and send the money you raise in by cheque. Download our sponsorship form for more details.


We'd love to hear from you

If you have any questions about a fundraising challenge, have your own place in an event, or are looking for inspiration, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email at [email protected] to say hello.
We rely on the support of dedicated people like you to continue providing a home for threatened species and restore wildlife around the world. Thank you for joining us!

So what are you waiting for? Let’s do this!


Got your own place?

If you've already got your own place in a challenge event, we'd love you to join team ZSL and support wildlife! We'll be with you every step of the way with fundraising advice, and you'll get a free ZSL t-shirt as a thank you. 

Get your fundraiser t-shirt

ZSL fundraisers in their t-shirts

Show your support

Everyone who fundraises for us can get a free ZSL fundraising t-shirt as a thank you for supporting wildlife.