Brave volunteers put the bare into polar in a sponsored streak to raise funds for the endangered animals last Friday (19th). The annual naked fun run promoted by British Naturism is on track to beat last year’s £6,000 to help conservation efforts for the species whose numbers have been hit by sea ice losses that have restricted their habitat and prey
The annual Bare All for Polar Bears took place at the award-winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park, home to four of the majestic animals at the end of the day a after the day visitors had gone home.
Participants were either jogging or walking down a ¾ mile course around the wildlife park, near Doncaster, and runners were baring all…. apart from a polar bear mask and running shoes.
“It was a great bit of fun with a serious message,” said Cheryl Williams, trustee of the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation. “We had 43 runners last year, this year there were even more.
“It is managed very respectfully and everyone enjoyed it last year and asked to run it again this year. The funds raised on Friday are vital to our cause to help polar bears in the wild. It certainly highlighted the efforts in a unique way.
Cheryl Williams, Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation
YWPF has been at the forefront of conservation for the species and works closely with Polar Bears International on research and fund-raising projects. The park’s 10-acre Polar Reserve is one of the most advanced enclosures in the world and is home to Victor, Pixel, Nissan and Nobby, who arrived at YWP in February.
Entrants, who were encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible for daring to bare, left their clothes in a secure changing area and received a commemorative medal at the end of the run. Runners registered in advance at £12 per person with all proceeds going to the conservation work of the Project Polar campaign.
YWP is one of the fastest growing tourist attractions in the UK. Last year, the park welcomed over 680,000 visitors. Visitors enjoy a unique walk through experience, coming almost face to face with some of the world’s most rare and beautiful specis, inclduing Amur Leopards and Tigers, Lions, Giraffes and Meerkats.
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