Take on a wild challenge for wildlife! 

ZSL fundraisers

Join our fight for wildlife today by taking on a fundraising challenge with ZSL and our Zoos – London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo. Your hard work will help us to save endangered wildlife and protect the natural world we love and depend upon. 

You’ll become part of a team of animal-lovers, passionate about saving wildlife from extinction and creating a healthier, fairer and better future for wildlife, people and our planet.


Choose your challenge...


  • Help us go Around the World in 30 Days

Around the World in 30 Days fundraising challenge

1 – 30 June 2023

Take on ZSL’s flagship annual challenge with friends, family, colleagues or individually, and help us collectively travel around the world this June, that’s 40,075km, to raise money for global wildlife conservation. Take part however, wherever and whenever suits you!

Find out more and register your interest 

  • Take on the Great North Run 

Great North Run

10 September 2023

The Great North Run is the world’s biggest half marathon. The iconic event starts in Newcastle upon Tyne, taking you across the famous Tyne Bridge towards the seafront finish line in South Shields, all televised on the BBC. It has an incredible atmosphere, with people from all over the UK taking part to raise money for causes they care about.

Find out more and apply for a ZSL place

  • Fly like a bird in a tandem skydive


Any date

Feel the full force of flying through the clouds from over 10,000ft at up to 125mph! It’s a truly unforgettable experience. 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 wildlife conservation at the same time. 

Find out more and sign up 

  • London to Brighton Cycle

London to Brighton cycle

10 September 2023

The London to Brighton Cycle is an incredible day for both solo first-time riders and velo enthusiast teams, with a picturesque route through the English countryside, followed by a climb up Ditchling Beacon before gliding down to Brighton Seafront. You’ll be surrounded by over 5,000 other participants, who in years past have raised over £1million for causes close to their heart.

Find out more and register your interest

  • Hackney Half Marathon

Hackney Half Marathon

21 May 2023
Dash through East London for ZSL in the Hackney Half marathon, with vibrant street art and entertainment on course. The Hackney Half is a hugely popular race in the running calendar. You’ll run past the famous Hackney Empire, through Broadway Market and alongside London Fields, as well as covering a few miles in the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Sign up via our event partner, RunForCharity 

  • Oxford Half Marathon

Oxford Half Marathon

15 October 2023
The Oxford Half marathon is returning to the historic streets of Oxford in October 2023. Enjoy a fast and flat 13.1mile route through the city of dreaming spires, speeding through a tour of world-famous museums, universities, parks and more, while raising money for wildlife conservation!

Sign up via our event partner, RunForCharity 

  • Inflatable 5k Guildford

Inflatable 5k

7 May 2023
The world's largest and best inflatable obstacle run is coming to Guildford. The 2023 edition of the Inflatable 5k course has got even bigger and bouncier, now with less running and more obstacles and music zones. This gigantic obstacle run is suitable for everyone aged 5 or older, and any athletic ability.

Sign up via our event partner, RunForCharity

  • Inflatable 5k St Albans

Inflatable 5k run

17 and 18 June 2023
Take on the world’s largest and best inflatable obstacle run. This family-friendly event in St Albans is suitable for participants aged 5+. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a fantastic day out with friends or family! 

Sign up via our event partner, RunForCharity 


Other runs around the country 

From 5k runs to half marathons, there are hundreds of fantastic events across the country that you can take on for ZSL. 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 our fight for wildlife!

Find a local run:

East of England Events Ireland Events London Events Midlands Events
North East Events North West Events Scotland Events South Events
South East Events South West Events Wales Events Yorkshire Events



Take on your own challenge


Girl in giraffe costume

There are lots of ways you can fundraise for wildlife, from a sponsored animal dress up day to an animal-themed yoga marathon – the possibilities are endless.  

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

Set up your JustGiving page



Download your fundraising materials


ZSL Fundraising Guide

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.

Get your resources



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 fundraising@zsl.org to say hello.

We rely on the support of dedicated people like you to continue our vital conservation work. Thank you for joining our fight for wildlife!



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Free downloadable fundraising posters and fundraising guide from ZSL