Nigel is a challenge champion!
Nigel is running 100 miles to raise funds for our research into a virus called EEHV that strikes both elephants in the wild and in zoos.
When Nigel Wood heard about a terrible virus that affects elephants, he wanted to take direct action and fundraise to support our research to find a vaccine.
Nigel felt compelled to do what he could to combat Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV) – a disease that affects elephants globally. After first completing a 44km trail run and raising over £1,000 to fight EEHV, Nigel is now getting ready to run an incredible 100 miles!
Cheshire-based Nigel has been training on the Sandstone Ridge which is ideal terrain for what lies ahead. Of his forthcoming challenge he said: “Kate and I have seen the devastating effects of the virus so wanted to do our bit to make a difference. The Addo Elephant Run is a legendary South African event. I know it’s going to be super tough in the searing heat but the National Park is so beautiful, it really is a unique and special place to run through. Training is going well and with not long to go, I feel I’m ready to take on this mammoth task.”
Chester Zoo’s fundraising coordinator Hannah Taylor said: “We are always in awe of people who go to extreme lengths in support of our vital work. What Nigel is taking on is a gruelling challenge in very difficult conditions. We wish Nigel the best of luck and hope that others will be inspired to help combat this terrible elephant disease.”
You can see how Nigel is getting on by visiting his fundraising page here.
Or if he’s inspired you to take on a challenge, you can get involved here.