Pictures: Naked runners at London Zoo streak raise £60,000 for tigers

09:18 16 August 2013

Streakers run through London Zoo in London in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger Campaign. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Streakers run through London Zoo in London in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger Campaign. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Hundreds of animal lovers connected with nature and ran naked through London Zoo in support of a rare subspecies of tiger.

A s
treaker looks at an animal enclosure at  London Zoo after having run naked through the grounds in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger Campaign. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA WireA s treaker looks at an animal enclosure at London Zoo after having run naked through the grounds in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger Campaign. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The group of 300 took part in a sponsored streak through the park.

Wearing nothing more than trainers, tiger masks and tiger ears, the runners completed a 300m course through the centre of the attraction.

Some exhibitionists chose to complete several laps of the circuit at the event, which was named after the term for a group of tigers - a streak.

Body paint and tiger stripe leg warmers were the streakers’ only attempts at modesty.

Streakers prepare to run naked through London Zoo in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger Campaign. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA WireStreakers prepare to run naked through London Zoo in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger Campaign. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Streak for Tigers raised around £60,000, which will be ploughed into conservation work to protect the Sumatran tigers, of which there only remain 300 in the wild.

London Zoo has two Sumatran tigers - Jae Jae and Melati - who recently moved into a newly built enclosure at the zoo called Tiger Territory.

Among those taking part in last night’s streak was Son Osman, 31, from Bromley, who said he had “jumped at the chance” to take part in the run.

Explaining why, he said: “It was the chance to get naked in a zoo, for the tigers.

A streaker runs through London Zoo in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger Campaign. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA WireA streaker runs through London Zoo in support of the ZSL Sumatran Tiger Campaign. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

“It was very liberating, and quite a unique experience.”

Nic Coles, 34, from Biggin Hill, Kent, said it was “a great event”.

“I was a bit nervous at first, but after seeing so many people turning out for it, it made it feel a lot easier.” he said. “If it helps the tigers, I’d do it all over again.”

James Wren, development director at ZSL, said: “Everyone got so excited about the event, they really got behind it.

“There was an amazing buzz in the crowd, both from the spectators and the participants who were running around naked.

“We only asked them to do one lap, but many carried on doing several laps around the zoo because they felt so liberated and free.

“The feedback has been overwhelming, from those involved in naturism to those who are just passionate about tigers.

“They were apprehensive and nervous, but when they were doing it, they just enjoyed it so much, they were delighted.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Conversation topics change in the glow of the camp fire compared to daily life.

Read more

US rapper Chris Brown said spending time in prison has helped change him into a better person.

Read more

Just moved into your new halls of residence? You’ll soon learn that all of these are true.

Read more

Top Stories

Promotions

Advanced running and training technology for beginners up to elite athletes

If you’re thinking of adding running treadmill to your fitness routine, you’re on the right track! There are several advantages to running on a treadmill versus running outdoors.

Renault-Zoe

The Renault ZOE follows on from the introduction of the electric Fluence ZE and Twizy, but unlike the former, the ZOE was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

Quizzes

(Photo by Ben Horton/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)

If there’s one thing that can change Londoners from nice, normal people into superhumans capable of extreme levels of rage and passive aggression, it’s the descent below-ground.

Read more
Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
Do you know your Thames truths from the porkie pies? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So, you live (or work) in London, and you think you know the river well.

Read more