Yesterday, hundreds gathered to show their support for the Streak for Tigers charity run, an annual event held at London Zoo.

As the name suggests, runners could be seen wearing little other than tiger-striped body paint, but don't worry, this is completely legal.

The daring dash unites people of all shapes, sizes, and genders, who bare all toraise money for the endangered tigers fundraiser group.

Take a look at what went down last night, we have to admit it looks pretty fun...

Credit: ZSL London Zoo, Streak For Tigers

It's safe to say you need to leave your modesty at the door with this one.Those taking part are encouraged to cover themselves in tiger-striped body paint. Or, for those less willing to expose all, tiger costumes are also welcome.

Part of the fun in taking part, is being able to dress up (or down) and come together with the rest of the general public. Not to mention the liberation of running completely in the nude, with a load of strangers. It definitely isn't something you get chance to do every day, that's for sure. That kind of thing is frowned upon at your local park.

Once the zoo has closed to for the day, runners congregate at the starting line before beginning the fun run.

The event aims to raise more than £40,000 for the cause, which will help to aid to Zoological Society London's conservation work.

Funds raised will go towards helping to protect Sumatran Tigers from deforestation and poachers in Indonesia.


Credit: London Zoo


Credit: SWNS

If the thought of stripping completely naked for the event is a little daunting, then not to worry, because the organisers of the race say they 'don't want to single anyone out who wants to take part'.

Organisers of the event have provided all the key details on their website, where they give information about entry fees and what to expect on the day, so there's no reason to get cold feet.

They go into further detail, saying: "For individual registrations, we ask for a non-refundable registration fee of £20 for the event and a pledge to raise £150 for Tigers. We guarantee that you will find this easy as it is such a unique and daring event! We have a reduced registration fee of £18 available for students.

"Official sponsorship forms and Just Giving information will be supplied once you have registered. All registration fees will go towards the costs of running the event and ZSL will benefit from the sponsorship and spectator fees raised in addition. We will of course do everything that we can to support you throughout your fundraising, including giving you plenty of updates and encouragement along the way. Because of the daring nature of this event, we really hope your friends and family will get behind you.

"Food and drink will be available to be purchased in the central area throughout the evening until 9pm. "

More details can be found here.


Credit: SWNS

Following the event, organisers have commented, saying "Daring feline fans got their kit off to raise big cash for the big cats last night (Thursday 10 August), raising an incredible £28,000, with contributions continuing to be donated in aid of ZSL's conservation projects.

"Nearly 200 cheeky challengers ran wild and raced past some of the wonderful wildlife that ZSL (Zoological Society of London) is working tirelessly to protect around the world.

"James Wren, Fundraising Director at ZSL, said: "Over the last five years, ZSL's annual fundraiser, Streak for Tigers has had over 1,000 fearless fundraisers take part, raising nearly £200,000 for our global tiger conservation projects including Sumatra, Nepal and Russia. We're thrilled to hold such an unusual event, and that so many big cat fans dare to bare all to help us protect endangered species."

"To donate text WILD to 70700 to donate £3."


Credit: ZSL Streak For Tigers


Credit: ZSL Streak For Tigers


Credit: ZSL Streak For Tigers

Although the entire thing is said to only last a total of 5-10 minutes, it brings hundreds of spectators and participants together.

If you are brave enough to take part in the event next year, you can sign up on the London Zoo website. Alternatively you can donate here.

You must be aged 18 or above to enter.

At something like this, you can be sure to make mates for life. After all, once you've seen each other naked, there's no hiding anything.

Written by Stephanie Shaw

Featured Image Credit: ZSL

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