Animal lovers run naked in zoo to raise funds for Sumatran tigers

People painted like tigers posing as they take part in a naked charity run to raise money for endangered Sumatran tigers at ZSL London Zoo in London on August 15, 2013.

LONDON - On Thursday, animal lovers ran naked around London Zoo, watched by their supporters and some bemused animals, in an after-hours event in support of the Zoological Society of London's (ZSL) Sumatran Tiger Campaign, Britain's Daily Star reported.

There are only about 300 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, and the Streak for Tigers fund-raiser seeks to highlight this fact and the work needed to conserve the endangered species.

During the 300m-long run, the 300- odd streakers wore only shoes, tiger masks and tiger ears. Some were even covered in tiger-themed body paint.

Participant Nic Coles, 34, said: "I was a bit nervous at first, but after seeing so many people turn up for it, it made it feel a lot easier. If it helps the tigers, I'd do it all over again."

In the same vein, fellow streaker Son Osman, 31, said: "It was the chance to get naked in a zoo, for the tigers. It was very liberating."

Mr James Wren, ZSL's development director, said: "There was an amazing buzz in the crowd, both from the spectators and the participants who were running around naked.

"They just enjoyed it so much, they were delighted.

The feedback has been overwhelming, from those involved in naturism to those who are just passionate about tigers.

"They were apprehensive and nervous, but when they were doing it, they just enjoyed it so much."

The event raised some £60,000 (S$119,200), and this amount would be used for conservation work to protect the Sumatran tiger, Huffington Post reported.

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