Summer Stampede - Chester Zoo
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Special event 12/08/2017

Summer Stampede

  • Elephants

On Saturday 12 August we're holding our very own sponsored walk around the zoo to raise money for the Never Forget campaign.

We're looking for a vaccine for EEHV, the devastating virus that kills young elephants, both in zoos and the wild. You and your family could give a great big boost to our campaign!

The day will give you and your herd chance to walk around the zoo before we’re open to the public, with plenty of staff lining the route to answer any questions you may have on your way round. You may even spot a few famous faces off the telly! 

Registration starts at 9am with the Stampede route open from 9.30am.

Entry to the event is:


Adult - £18.20
Child (3-17) - £15.40
2 & Under - FREE
(Includes zoo admission)

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Adult - £5
Child (3-17) - £5
Little Monkey/2 & Under - FREE

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We’ll also ask everyone to raise sponsorship, with family targets starting from £50, depending on the size of your herd. And we have some brilliant prizes depending on how much you raise, including elephant ears, a cuddly elephant, elephant goody bags or even coming to see the elephants have their breakfast!

EVERY PENNY raised will go straight towards our Never Forget campaign to help fund vital research into a vaccine for EEHV, so elephants all over the world can be protected from this virus.

How to get involved

Just follow the steps below to join us!

Step 1 - Buy your tickets and get registered

Step 2 - Get fundraising

Step 3 - Get prepared

Step 4 - Get excited!!

Find out more about EEHV and our Never Forget campaign here.

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Step 1 - Buy your tickets and get registered

Book your tickets on our online shop using the link below.

Book now

Step 2 - Get fundraising

Your sponsorship is hugely important and we can guarantee that EVERY PENNY you raise will go straight towards finding a vaccine for EEHV, the deadly virus that claimed the lives of Bala and Hari, our two young calves, amongst many other young elephants.

Set up your JustGiving page on the link below.

Set up your page on JustGiving

Here's a handy guide to setting up your JustGiving page. And here's some fundraising ideas, hints and safety tips to get you started.

Families fundraising targets are:

  • For families with up to 4 people -        £50
  • For families with 4 or more people -   £100

And we’ve got some amazing prizes up for grabs depending on your personal fundraising successes too:

  • £50 – Elephant ears
  • £100 – A cuddly elephant to take on your adventure around the zoo
  • £250 – A goody bag jam-packed full of elephant items
  • £1000 – A chance for you and five friends to come and see the elephants having their breakfast!

New to fundraising or fancy a chat on how to hit your target? Get in touch with the fundraising team here at the zoo for plenty of hints and tips. You can email us at or give us a call on 01244 389421.

Step 3 - Get prepared!

Once you're registered and you've got your team Just Giving page set up and ready to collect donations, it’s time to start preparing for the day!

Where do I go?
We’ll be registering families from 9am in our main entrance.

Not sure how to get to the zoo? You can find directions here.

What shall I wear?
Comfy shoes are a must! You’ll be walking a lot for the Summer Stampede, and then you’ll be free to spend the rest of the day in the zoo.

Why not try doing your best impression of an elephant? When you family hits their fundraising target, you’ll get your own set of elephant ears so you’ll really feel like part of the herd.

Step 4 - Get excited!

Schedule of the day

8.30AM           Arrive at the main entrance to register

9.15AM           Warm up Activities in the Diamond Jubilee Quarter

9.30AM           On your marks, get set, GO! The sponsored walk begins!

10AM              Zoo Rangers drop in session on elephant boardwalk. 

       Your chance to ask our experts about our herd of Asian elephants!

11AM              Elephant talk. Stop by the elephant enclosure to learn about the lives of our herd.

We’ll be having lots of fun all day, so check back here to see what exciting things we’ve added to the day!

Share your experience with us on Twitter - @chesterzoo #CZsummerstampede

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