Ring-tailed lemurs help runners prepare for return of Zoo Stampede
Tuesday 15 May 2012
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s resident ring-tailed lemurs have been busy helping runners prepare for the return of the zoo’s annual Stampede.
The lively bunch put their paws to good use, inspecting entrant’s trainers in the run up to the event which takes place on Sunday May 27, and is sponsored by Petplan, the UK's no.1 pet insurance provider.
The 10 lemurs will be able to watch from their island opposite the zoo entrance as runners make their way past some of the world’s most incredible animals as they raise much needed funds for the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
By taking part in the 10k run or 2k run, runners will be helping the international scientific, conservation and educational charity to carry out its vital work to conserve endangered species.
Last year’s Stampede was the most successful yet, with runners raising more than £20,000 for ZSL – and this year, as the Stampede returns for the seventh time, participants are being urged to dig deep to try and beat that success.
Runners busy limbering up for the Stampede would do well to take tips from ring-tailed lemurs who are fast movers and exceptionally active – the group of bachelor boys at Whipsnade can often be spotted leaping about and scampering across their climbing rope.
They gave the trainers the thumbs up after being given their favourite afternoon snack of raisins and jam inside them.
Join the herd!
The Zoo Stampede takes place on May 27 at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. There are just a few last places available to take part in this unique event!