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...

    Around the World in 30 Days walking, running and cycling fundraising challenge
    1 – 30 June 2023

    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!

    inflatable funrun
    Various dates in 2023

    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!

    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.

    oxford half marathon
    15 October 2023

    Oxford Half Marathon

    The Oxford Half marathon is returning to Oxford in October. Enjoy a fast & flat 13.1mile route through the city of dreaming spires, speeding through a tour of world-famous museums, universities & parks, while raising money for wildlife conservation!

    London Landmarks Half Marathon
    7 April 2024

    London Landmarks Half Marathon

    Take part in London's central half marathon through Westminster and the City and raise money for wildlife! The race celebrates London's grand, quirky and hidden history, with musical and historic activations along the route.

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

Fundraising guide cover image

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!