Have you ‘herd’? Elephants are coming to Clapham Common

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust today announced it is bringing back its unique and hugely popular fun run to Clapham Common after popular demand.

Taking place at Clapham Common on Saturday 8th June 2019, organisers behind the Enormous Elephant Run are inviting Clapham’s families, animal lovers and fitness fans to take on their unique 5k or 10k challenge and raise much-needed funds for the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

In 2019, The Enormous Elephant Run is celebrating its sixth anniversary. To date, the event has raised more than £192,000 for the protection of Kenya’s wildlife.

As well as the main event, the family and dog-friendly fun run will host face-painting and offer elephant costumes (for a small fee as part of registration) to any runner willing to go the extra mile and dress up as an elephant.

Hannah Goodwin, Fundraising and Events Officer at the Trust, says: “Whether you’re sporty or just fancy going for a fun morning stroll with us, The Enormous Elephant Run is a fantastic opportunity to get together, do something a little different on a Saturday morning and help us save a species that needs our help”.

Now in its sixth year, organisers of the Run hope to raise £50,000 through the event for the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s conservation projects which include providing specialist care to orphaned milk dependent elephants so that they can return back to the wild when grown.  

One of East Africa’s oldest and most pioneering conservation charities, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust operates a world-famous Nursery for orphaned elephants as featured on BBC’s Elephant Diaries, Paul O’Grady’s For the Love of Animals and National Geographic. Through their Orphans’ Project, the Sheldrick Trust rescues, hand-raises and reintegrate orphaned elephants who have lost their mothers as a result of poaching, human-wildlife, drought and natural causes.

Hannah Goodwin says: “Back in 2004, the Sheldrick Trust was called to rescue a three month old orphaned elephant calf who we later named Lualeni. Fast-forward fourteen years and countless bottles of milk and Lualeni is now living back in the wild protected by our ground and air teams. Even more special, she has recently become a first time mum to a new baby!”

She adds, “With the help of Clapham’s residents, we want to be able to offer this hope of a life back in the wild to the 86 orphaned elephants currently in our care”.

Since family and fun is all important to baby elephants, there will be plenty of family friendly activities on offer for participants to enjoy including a 1k kids’ fun run and face-painting. The 5k course is also suitable for off-road buggies and dogs are welcome to participate too, while London-based social enterprise The Good Slice will be firing up their wood-fired pizza for runners. All monies raised from the event will benefit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s works to protect Africa’s elephants and wildlife.

Early bird registration costs from £22 an adult and £9 for children. Dressing up is not required, but elephant onesies, t-shirts and elephant ear headbands are available for purchase for runners looking to stand out from the crowd. More information:  www.enormouselephantrun.com/london.

As well as participants, the Sheldrick Trust is also seeking volunteers to help during the event. Interested volunteers are urged to contact: eventsuk@sheldrickwildlifetrust.org for more information