Summer Stampede
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Special event 12/08/2018

Summer Stampede

This event was held last year but keep an eye out on our What's Happening page for this years Summer Stampede!

We’re holding our third sponsored walk around the zoo to raise money for our 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 a 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.

We have two routes for you to choose from on the day, one for little legs and one for the more adventurous herds. You can pick whichever route you want to do, or you can do both. You can also do the route once or you can do it as many times as you like! We’ll give you a sticker each time you complete a circuit.

Keep an eye out for more information about our annual Summer Stampede!

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Step 1 - Watch this space

We'll be releasing ticket details at some point in the new year, all you need to do is register your herd and purchase your ticket.

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 many of our much loved elephant calves.

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 8am in our main entrance.

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

What shall I wear?
Comfy shoes are the way to go! 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

8.00AM: Arrive at the main entrance to register

8.45AM: Warm up Activities in the Diamond Jubilee Quarter

9.00AM: On your marks, get set, GO! The sponsored walk begins!

10.00AM: Zoo Rangers drop in session on elephant boardwalk.

11.00AM: 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 and use #CZsummerstampede in your tweet.

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