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

Animal lovers, families and fitness fans are set to take to Clapham Common in The Enormous Elephant Run, a 5k family fun run, to raise funds for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and their projects to protect Africa’s threatened elephants.

Taking place at Clapham Common on the 16th June 2018, it promises a day of family fun with runners, walkers and joggers taking on a 5k fun run, while delicious wood-fired pizza is on offer from The Good Slice for runners and Common visitors, seating areas plus face painting and a family activity tent, which includes free activities for children of all ages to learn more about elephants and conservation. The family friendly 5k course is suitable for off-road buggies and features a children’s quiz walk for children aged 10 and under. Elephant costumes are available for those who want to dress up too and dogs are also welcome to participate,

Monies raised from the event will benefit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) which is one of East Africa’s oldest and most pioneering conservation charities and works in Kenya to protect Africa’s elephants and wildlife. Every day, up to 70 elephants are killed in Africa by poachers for their tusks with many others threatened or killed by human-wildlife conflict and habitat destruction. Many elephants targeted by poachers or killed in human-wildlife conflict have milk-dependent infants and, without family or a mother, a baby milk-dependent elephant has little chance of survival.

Says Amie Alden, Communications Officer at the DSWT: “We all grow up learning ‘e’ is for elephant yet within our lifetime, we could see elephants disappear from the wild. We’re determined to keep doing all we can to protect wild elephants and are calling on all local wildlife lovers to join us to help keep the species protected for generations to come.”

To raise additional funds, the DSWT has also teamed up with a professional pet photographer to hold a jumbo-themed dog photoshoot during the event. Lapdog’s JUMBO Photoshoot, hosted by Lapdog Photo Productions, will take place alongside the 5K offering friendly photography sessions from 11am with each session lasting approximately 30 minutes. Photographs will be taken in a portable studio which can accommodate a number of pets and family members from the same household. Images will be delivered in high-resolution digital format. All proceeds from the photography sessions, which are priced at £50 per session, will go to The DSWT, with the initiative hoping to raise £500 for conservation.

Dana Mendonca, South London resident and owner of Lapdog Photo Productions, explains: “This is a great chance for dogs and their people to make a real difference! Dog lovers will acquire beautiful photographs of their best friend that can be cherished for years and at the same time support the amazing work of The DSWT.”

Four legged friends and their owners can also stop by to visit Cuffe Vets, who are celebrating their 22nd year as Clapham’s local vet and will be hosting drop-in advice sessions open to all during The Enormous Elephant Run. David Cuffe, Founder of Cuffe Vets, says: “We are honoured to be part of this esteemed charity’s fundraiser and thrilled to see such a welcoming and progressive dog-friendly policy!”

To learn more about The Enormous Elephant Run, visit: www.enormouselephantrun.com/london

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