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Run for Rhinos Arriving in Chester

Chester Zoo recently announced that its popular 10-kilometre event “Run for Nature” will make a welcome return this Autumn. September will see runners from all over Chester and beyond participate together with the aim of helping the conservationist protect the rhino, a highly threatened species.

After a successful debut in 2023 where the zoo encouraged entrants to help its efforts to safeguard elephants, the run is back on Sunday, September 22. The date of the event was specifically selected to coincide with Word Rhino Day, highlighting the plight of the endangered animals.

Spaces in the running event that will take place in the zoo’s 128-acre grounds are limited to just 2,500. However, entrants will get a chance to marvel at a course boasting astonishing wildlife including giant otters, camels, Rothschild’s giraffes and Asian elephants, as well as picturesque views of rural Cheshire on their way back to the finish line at the zoo.

From complete novices to experienced athletes, runners of every ability level are encouraged to enter the main 10K event. However, another smaller one-mile event, the “Zoom fun run” will also take place on the day designed for children aged four to 15.

All proceeds from the event are going towards Chester Zoo’s tireless efforts to help protect rhinos around the world from extinction. This includes developing new scientific research and techniques employing hormone monitoring to supply vital insights on rhino health. The technology recently helped over 20 black rhinos that are critically endangered to return to parts of northern Kenya, where the species had been extinct for five decades.

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